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Neuropsychology of Consciousness

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Neuropsychological conditions have been key to shaping our understanding of the neural basis of consciousness and the self, as well as a range of closely related psychological processes such as executive functions, memory, and language. For example, neglect and blindsight have been very important in revealing dissociations between conscious and non-conscious sensory processing and guiding theoretical work. Similarly, neuropsychological case studies have played a key role in defining concepts relating to subdivisions of memory and language functions.

However, neuropsychological literature has not been without controversy. For example, the nature of conscious experience in blindsight has been the subject of debate, limiting progress in the field. In the same vein, there has been much debate regarding the conceptualization of neglect as a disorder of spatial attention. These theoretical debates are important as they guide the development of rehabilitation protocols.

This Research Topic aims to generate discussion on the contribution of neuropsychological studies on understanding the neural basis of human cognition, as well as its rehabilitation. Where do we stand and what are the future directions? Does the neuropsychological approach still have mileage? Brief commentaries expressing authoritative views on these issues are welcome, as are lengthier reviews providing a long-term perspective on the status of the field. Submissions with empirical data, including replications and null results are also welcome.


Keywords: neuropsychological disorders, memory, perception, executive functions, body awareness


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Neuropsychological conditions have been key to shaping our understanding of the neural basis of consciousness and the self, as well as a range of closely related psychological processes such as executive functions, memory, and language. For example, neglect and blindsight have been very important in revealing dissociations between conscious and non-conscious sensory processing and guiding theoretical work. Similarly, neuropsychological case studies have played a key role in defining concepts relating to subdivisions of memory and language functions.

However, neuropsychological literature has not been without controversy. For example, the nature of conscious experience in blindsight has been the subject of debate, limiting progress in the field. In the same vein, there has been much debate regarding the conceptualization of neglect as a disorder of spatial attention. These theoretical debates are important as they guide the development of rehabilitation protocols.

This Research Topic aims to generate discussion on the contribution of neuropsychological studies on understanding the neural basis of human cognition, as well as its rehabilitation. Where do we stand and what are the future directions? Does the neuropsychological approach still have mileage? Brief commentaries expressing authoritative views on these issues are welcome, as are lengthier reviews providing a long-term perspective on the status of the field. Submissions with empirical data, including replications and null results are also welcome.


Keywords: neuropsychological disorders, memory, perception, executive functions, body awareness


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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01 February 2018 Abstract
01 August 2018 Manuscript

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01 August 2018 Manuscript

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