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The Working Brain: An Introduction To Neuropsychology

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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 th ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 5th 1976 by Basic Books
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Steven Peterson
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alexander Luria was a great figure in several areas of intellectual endeavor. For me, his greatest value is in his study of the brain. This is fairly well written, reasonably accessible, and filled with research-based insights.

There is discussion of how different parts of the brain function and what their contributions are to behavior.

For historical purposes alone, this volume is to be recommended.
Nikos
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Notable book but outdated.
Rob Hunsicker
Jun 29, 2009 rated it liked it
It's a fantastic book, and well worth reading but the organization seemed a little unwieldy after his brilliant and succinct case studies. It has a bit of a textbook feel and if I am going to plow through a textbook, I would prefer something more current. If you like Luria, it's worth the read but I wouldn't start with it.
Jeroen
Nov 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone interested in neuropsychology
Thorough, yet a little difficult to read... But because of its thoroughness I still give it 5 stars... It details the foundation of neuropsychology, and if you are able to work your way through it, you will be all the richer...
Leah
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't know enough current neuropsych to know how outdated this is, but the history and methodology and concepts of the time (1973) are very clear...except the figures which are captioned in a confusing manner.
Natalya Petroff
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not the easiest read but all worth it: it's a great historical document with insights that are still relevant today.
Christine
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First part of the book is up to date, but second half has been debunked
E.J. Matze
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Here are depicted several investigations into the possibilities of "mapping the brain".
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Alexander Romanovich Luria (Russian: Александр Романович Лурия ) was a famous Soviet neuropsychologist and developmental psychologist. He was one of the founders of cultural-historical psychology and the leaders of the Vygotsky Circle. Apart from his work with Vygotsky, he is widely known for his later work with two extraordinary psychological case studies, his study of a man with a highly advanc ...more
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