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Comparative Neuropsychology$
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A. David Milner

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524113.001.0001

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Mental representation in human and monkey neuropsychology

Mental representation in human and monkey neuropsychology

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(p.245) 14 Mental representation in human and monkey neuropsychology
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Comparative Neuropsychology
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Rosalind M. Ridley

Harry F. Baker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524113.003.0014

The concept of mental representation has become important in understanding cognitive development in young children and in the mental disability of patients with certain developmental disorders or neurotrauma. In the study of localization of neuropsychological function, the correlation of symptoms with neuropathological findings in patients has been supplemented by studies in animals, particularly primates, on a variety of cognitive tests following experimental neurosurgery. It is therefore appropriate to apply the analysis of mental representation to comparative neuropsychology and, in particular, to consider the level of mental representation required by tasks that are used to test cognition in animals, in order to assess their relevance to human mental dysfunction.

Keywords:   mental representation, cognitive development, mental disability, young children, neurotrauma, neurosurgery

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