The Working Brain: An Introduction to Neuropsychology
This important book, by the most distinguished Soviet psychologist
of our time, is the product of almost forty years of extensive
research aimed at understanding the cerebral basis of human
psychological activity. The main part of the book describes what we
know today about the individual systems that make up the human
brain and about the role of the individual zones of the cerebral
hemispheres in the task of providing the necessary conditions for
higher forms of mental activity to take place. Finally, Luria
analyzes the cerebral organization of perception and action, of
attention and memory, or speech and intellectual processes, and
attempts to fit the facts obtained by neuropsychological studies of
individual brain systems into their appropriate place in the grand
design of psychological science.
A.R. Luria is professor of psychology at the University of Moscow. His books include "Higher Cortical Functions in Man "(1966)," The Mind of a Mnemonist "(1968)," " and "The Man With a Shattered World "(1972).""
Editorial Foreword Functional organization and mental activity Local brain lesions and localization of functions The three principal functional units Local brain systems and their functional analysis The occipital regions and the organization of visual perception The temporal regions and organization of auditory perception The parietal regions and the organization of simultaneous syntheses Sensorimotor and premotor zones and the organization of movement The frontal lobes and the regulation of mental activity Synthetic mental activities and their Cerebral Organization Perception Movement and action Attention Memory Speech Thinking Conclusion