In the past few decades, the nature of the executive function and its neural implementation has arisen as one of the most important issues in understanding higher order cognitions. Despite the substantial number of studies on the topic, the concept of executive function remains elusive. The main purpose of this book is to present different neuropsychological studies examining the role of the two hemispheres in various executive- and memory processes and the role of anxiety related emotions on executive processes. Summarizing the findings from various neuropsychological studies, the author proposes an integrative-executive model with five separable executive processes - Inhibition, Updating, Shifting, Monitoring and Production- with different neural localization in the brain. The neuropsychological examinations presented in the book should help shed some light on the complexity of executive functions and their possible examinations or differential diagnosis of executive functions, and should be especially useful to neruopsychologists, psychologist, cognitive scientists and neurologists or anyone else who is interested in the examination and development of cognitive functions.
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Dr. Mónika Albu has obtained her PhD degree in Cognitive Neurosciences in 2010. Since then she is working as a practicing neuropsychologist and as a senior lecturer. Her main areas of interest are: neuropsychology of executive functions and emotions, lateralization of the brain, diagnosis and rehabilitation of different cognitive dysfunctions.
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