Neurosurgical Neuropsychology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128099612

Neurosurgical Neuropsychology

1st Edition

The Practical Application of Neuropsychology in the Neurosurgical Practice

Editors: Caleb Pearson Eric Ecklund Johnson Shawn Gale
Paperback ISBN: 9780128099612
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st October 2018
Page Count: 300
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Neuropsychology is a service that is relied heavily upon by neurosurgeons at large centers across the world for the purpose of pre-surgical planning. However, smaller surgical programs often do not have access to neuropsychologists specialized in the various techniques necessary for the presurgical workup. The same difficulty is often encountered when consulting a neuropsychologist postoperatively as well. Also, due to the lack of adequately trained neuropsychologists in this fast expanding field, neurosurgeons outside of academic medical centers often have little experience with consulting neuropsychologists. The goal of Neurosurgical Neuropsychology is to inform both practicing neuropsychologists and neurosurgeons on the use of neuropsychology in the practice of neurosurgery, as well as disseminate the knowledge and techniques necessary for neuropsychologists to consult in a neurosurgical setting.

Neurosurgical Neuropsychology comprehensively explains the use of neuropsychology in neurosurgical settings. The book covers various techniques that may be of benefit to neurosurgeons preoperatively such as functional neuroimaging (fMRI, SPECT, MEG) for presurgical cognitive mapping, as well as more traditional methods to predict outcomes after surgery such as neurocognitive testing, and the Wada procedure. The editors discuss why neuropsychologists are uniquely qualified to aid in cognitive brain mapping, and therefore add considerable value to the neurosurgical team. A wide range of patient populations are also covered ranging from Deep Brain Stimulation candidates for Parkinson’s disease, to adult and pediatric epilepsy candidates, to neuro-oncology cases. This book informs neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neuro-oncologists, epileptologists, general neurologists, and others on the use of neuropsychology as a consultation service in the presurgical and postoperative phases of neurosurgery.

Key Features

  • Comprehensively explains the use of neuropsychology in neurosurgical settings
  • Written for researchers and clinical practitioners focusing on neurosurgery, neuropsychology, clinical neuroscience, and neurology
  • Discusses various techniques that may be of benefit to neurosurgeons presurgical and postoperative such as functional neuroimaging (fMRI, SPECT, MEG) for presurgical cognitive mapping, neurocognitive testing, and the Wada procedure


Researchers and clinical practitioners in clinical neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery, and neuropsychology

Table of Contents

Part I (Introduction)
1. Introduction/Overview
2. The Historical role of neuropsychology in neurosurgery
3. Foundations of contemporary neuropsychology
4. A primer on neuropsychology for the neurosurgeon

Part II (Methods)
5. Functional neuroimaging in the pre-surgical workup
6. Advanced structural imaging in the pre-surgical workup
7. Neuropsychological Testing in the pre-surgical workup
8. Wada Testing and neurosurgical patients
9. Awake craniotomy/bedside cognitive mapping

Part III (Applications)
10. Neuropsychology in adult epilepsy surgery
11. Neuropsychology in pediatric epilepsy surgery
12. Neuropsychological evaluations for brain tumors
13. The Neuropsychologist’s role in deep brain stimulation candidates
14. Neuropsychology in the outcome of severe traumatic brain injury

Part IV (Treatment/Management)
15. Neuropsychological rehabilitation
16. Assessment of functional status after neurosurgical intervention


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About the Editor

Caleb Pearson

Dr. Pearson is an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, as well as a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist at The University of Kansas Hospital. His clinical and research interests have focused primarily on the presurgical evaluation of patient's with epilepsy and brain tumors, cognitive outcomes following functional neurosurgery, the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor tractography in presurgical planning, and the identification of risk factors related to cognitive decline following neurosurgical interventions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology, Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist, The University of Kansas Hospital

Eric Ecklund Johnson

Dr. Ecklund-Johnson is a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the neuropsychology department at the University of Kansas Hospital and an Associate Clinical Professor in the KUMC departments of Neurology and Psychiatry. He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology and his clinical and research work has focused on cognitive assessment of surgical and non-surgical patients with known or suspected neurological problems including Parkinson's disease, other movement disorders, brain tumors, memory disorders, and traumatic brain injury, among other conditions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Neuropsychology, The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas, USA

Shawn Gale

Dr. Gale is an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University. His research interests are largely centered in the field of neuropsychology, which is the study of brain-behavior relationships. He utilizes both clinical and research techniques to investigate outcomes following traumatic brain injury and epilepsy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA

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