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Chapter 27 - Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 April 2020

Peter C. Whitfield
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
Jessie Welbourne
University Hospitals, Plymouth
Elfyn Thomas
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
Fiona Summers
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Maggie Whyte
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Peter J. Hutchinson
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
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Technologies are human creations that augment human ability. Information processors are our most advanced technologies, providing both a useful metaphor in understanding cognitive function,1 and digital devices which can augment impaired cognition.2

The view of the brain as comprising distinct modules of function has held sway in behavioural neurology and neuropsychology since the inception of these disciplines.3 Backed by lesion and imaging studies, this conceptualisation has allowed the development of reliable cognitive tests, and therefore an understanding of how impairment of functional modules predicts everyday functional behaviour. This chapter reviews evidence that specific technologies can be used to support impairments of the specific mental functions impaired by brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury
A Multidisciplinary Approach
, pp. 353 - 363
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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