Thoughtful Extensions of Cognitive Science

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 35–36. Reviews the book, Cognitive Science and Clinical Disorders edited by Dan J. Stein and Jeffrey E. Young (1992). The book is organized into two parts Part 1, Theoretical Frameworks, includes nine chapters that discuss cognitive science perspectives on diverse clinical phenomena. Specific areas of research and branches of study are described including cognition and development, emotion, neuroscience, language (narratives), and philosophy. In this section, cognitive science paradigms are very well presented, but authors also remain close to clinical topics as illustrated, for example, by a discussion relating cognitive processes and neurological substrates of schizophrenia. Part 2, Clinical Disorders, includes seven chapters that focus on specific disorders. Theory and findings from cognitive science are mobilized to address depression, anxiety disorders (obsessive-compulsive disorder in particular), dissociative and conversion reactions, personality disorders, Alzheimer's disease and reading disability. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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