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By Christopher Filley

This distinctive ebook examines the position of the brain's white subject within the association of human psychological functionality. not like average textbooks of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry that emphasize the cortical and subcortical grey topic in brain-behavior relationships, this article in particular considers the white topic as an essential contributor to cognition and emotion. Written from a medical viewpoint, this ebook is based at the examine of sufferers with neurobehavioral syndromes due to problems basically affecting the brain's white topic. those syndromes comprise white subject dementia, focal neurobehavioral syndromes, and a number of neuropsychiatric syndromes. within the first a part of the ebook, primary facets of myelinated structures are coated to introduce white topic as an immense structural and sensible component to the mind. partially II, a radical evaluate of white topic problems in any respect a long time is equipped, fairly relating to their effect on basic mentation. ultimately, half III synthesizes the accrued info right into a coherent precis that provides a behavioral neurology of white topic. during the e-book a massive emphasis is put on disbursed neural networks, during which connecting white subject tracts supplement the operations of grey subject buildings within the creation of the human behavioral repertoire.

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One intriguing observation pertains to data on laterality differences in the distribution of white matter. , 1980). In contrast, the left hemi- White Matter Structure and Function 25 sphere, or at least some areas within it, may contain a relatively larger proportion of gray matter (Geschwind and Levitsky, 1968). Just as interhemispheric cortical gray matter differences may represent differential functional affiliations, this discrepancy in the distribution of white matter may have significant implications in terms of the functional specializations of the two hemispheres, and even of individual regions within the hemispheres.

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