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Cambridge University Press
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December 2011
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The Paradoxical Brain focuses on a range of phenomena in clinical and cognitive neuroscience that are counterintuitive and go against the grain of established thinking. The book covers a wide range of topics by leading researchers, including:Superior performance after brain lesions or sensory lossReturn to normal function after a second brain lesion in neurological conditionsParadoxical phenomena associated with human developmentExamples where having one disease appears to prevent the occurrence of another diseaseSituations where drugs with adverse effects on brain functioning may have beneficial effects in certain situationsA better understanding of these interactions will lead to a better understanding of brain function and to the introduction of new therapeutic strategies. The book will be of interest to those working at the interface of brain and behaviour, including neuropsychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists and neuroscientists.


Received an Honourable Mention at the American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Awards 2012


'Narinder Kapur has expanded the concept of paradoxical functional facilitation to cover many areas in neurology, neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, assembling a diverse and comprehensive group of world-class experts to explore the concept of paradox in many different disciplines. Their experience and ideas are of fundamental importance and deserve close attention from all who deal with disorders of brain function, so that we may focus on the uniqueness of the individual and their positive potentials, rather than thinking solely in terms of disorder.'

Oliver Sacks - Columbia University Medical Center

‘… a refreshingly thoughtful, informative and provocative view of neuroscience that challenges the reader to consider and appreciate the brain in novel ways. It is a truly fascinating read.'

Eleanor A. Maguire - University College London

‘… a fascinating tour of the unexpected - the disorders, anomalies and paradoxes that are part of the human condition and that yield insights about the abnormal brain and normal brain function. The extraordinary range of examples and case studies assures that every reader will find material that is novel, informative and absorbing.'

Larry R. Squire - University of California, San Diego

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