The Parietal Lobe, Volume 151, the latest release from the Handbook of Clinical Neurology series, provides a foundation on the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and clinical neurology/neuropsychology of the parietal lobe that is not only applicable to both basic researchers and clinicians, but also to students and specialists who are interested in learning more about disorders brought on by damage or dysfunction. Topics encompass the evolution, anatomy, connections, and neurophysiology, the major neurological and neuropsychological deficits and syndromes caused by damage, the potential for improvement via transcranial stimulation, and the role of the parietal in the cerebral networks for perception and action.
Section I. Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of the Parietal Lobe 1. The history of the neurophysiology and neurology of the parietal lobe 2. The evolution of the parietal lobe: Rats, monkeys, apes and humans 3. Cortico-cortical and cortico-subcortical connections of the parietal lobe 4. Somatosensory maps 5. The parietal lobe and pain perception 6. The parietal lobe and the vestibular system 7. Multisensory and sensorimotor maps 8. Extinction as a deficit of the decision making circuitry in the posterior parietal cortex
Section II. Neurological and Neuropsychological Deficits after Parietal Lobe Damage 9. Somatosensory deficits 10. Pain syndromes and the parietal lobe 11. Optic ataxia 12. Simultanagnosia and Balint's syndrome 13. Perceptual deficits of object identification: The apperceptive agnosias 14. Unilateral spatial neglect 15. Disorders of body knowledge 16. Constructional apraxia 17. Limb apraxia 18. Language deficits 19. Memory deficits 20. Gerstmann's syndrome 21. Parietal lobe epilepsy 22. Transcranial stimulations of the parietal lobe for improving neurological deficits
Section III. The Parietal Lobe and Brain Networks for Action and Perception 23. The "dorsal parietal stream 24. Action systems in the human brain 25. Parietal lobe and tool use 26. Parieto-frontal networks for eye-hand coordination and movements 27. The parietal lobe and memory 28. The parietal lobe "mirror neuron system
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