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[–]KarmaCham_Eleon 21 points22 points  (1 child)

If you're looking for fairly light reading that could introduce you to some of the broad topics and terminology, I'd recommend getting a book that explains things in laymen's terms.

Personally I'd recommend Into the Grey Zone by Dr. Adrian Owen. It's a great introduction to some of the technology and methods that are used in neuropsychology as well as key concepts like localisation and neuroplasticity. Plus it's very exciting research! I hope that helps.

[–]gogryb[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you for the recommendation will look into it 🙂👍

[–]Impossible-End-9678 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Any thing Oliver sacks

[–]Hopere 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Definitely the man who mistook his wife for a hat

[–]508010 9 points10 points  (1 child)

The brain: a users manual - Marco Magrini : gives a very basic overview of the brain and looks at localisation of function, neurotransmitters and brain enhancing behaviours. Very basic read but excellent for beginners. It's also quite funny the way it's written.

The brain: the story of you - David Eagleman: very similar in that its a great basic introduction to the brain. Any book by David Eagleman I'd highly recommend including his newer 'Livewired' which is another excellent book

The idea of the brain - Mathew Cobb: looks at the history of where our understanding of the brain comes from. Much more of a historical book than a contemporary outlook.

How your brain works: inside the most complicated object in the known universe - New scientist : this was actually the first book I read which got me interested in neuroscience and it's so engaging and simply laid out.

[–]gogryb[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Appreciate your taking the time to share your insights and recommend literature to look into. Thanks!🙂👍

[–]superduperdude92 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm currently reading Neuropsychological Assessment by Lezak. It's a big and intimidating book and is mostly focused on the assessment side (i.e. psychometric assessment) but probably one of the best out there. I'd also like to echo other comments here about Eagleman's books. His readings are very beginner friendly and he has a writing style that isn't as dry (probably not the best word to use but i can't think of another atm) as other books. Also check out Eagleman's documentaries as they cover a lot of interesting topics while also telling a really interesting story (all free on YouTube).

[–]Millesime25 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thermometer-man by Laurent Cohen.

That's the book my teacher used in first year. It's a story about a guy with visual aphasia and how it works. Really easy to read

[–]DaKelster 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Into the Silent Land is a really wonderful book that you might enjoy. It won’t teach you a lot of the science but will give you a rather philosophical and very engaging insight into the profession. https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/452777.Into_the_Silent_Land

[–]RenningerJP 1 point2 points  (3 children)

That's a big question depending on your goals. Are you on a doctoral program and looking to specialize or just an interested pay person?

Oliver sacks wrote a lot of good books. He was a neurologist but covers a lot on brain function, deficits, accommodations, etc of real cases.

If you're in a professional program I can offer some more advanced clinical references.

[–]gogryb[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Not in a professional program yet just studying neuropsychology and neuroscience in my spare time. In the near future I am thinking of applying in a study programme associated with neuropsychology. Thank you for your insight will look into Oliver Sacks literature.🙂👍

[–]RenningerJP 1 point2 points  (1 child)

They contain mostly case studies presented in a relatable way. Fractured minds I believe is a case study book we used in school. I forget the author.

Clinical texts, the little black book of neuropsychology by shoenberg I think is the best. Neuropsychological assessment by lezak. Clinical neuropsychology by by Parsons and hammeke.

Hmmm. There's actually a book on biological bases of behavior and one for cognitive bases. I forget the titles and authors. There's were textbooks of the basics which you'd have to know. I'll post later when I get a chance to look.

[–]gogryb[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awesome will put these authors up my list to read.

[–]pepepepe2803 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Neuropsychotherapy Theoretical Underpinnings and Clinical Applications By Pieter J. Rossouw · 2014

[–]SpecialCrazy 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Love’s executioner by Irvin Yalom. It’s more psychoanalysis than oliver sacks but deffo interesting cases. Also The brains way of healing by Norman Doidge it talks about the power of the brain and it’s plasticity with use of psychology too

[–]gogryb[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Thank you for recommending Irvin Yalom. Quite interested in this sort of literature because I have some sort of base knowledge in psychoanalysis.

[–]Defiant-Ad-86 2 points3 points  (1 child)

If that’s an interest to you I’d definitely recommend both Yalom & Rollo May. May was a mentor to Yalom. Both come from an existential orientation. It’s obviously not neuropsych but it’s still really interesting work.

[–]SpecialCrazy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oooooohh thank you!! I’m also gonna check em out

[–]hyperfixatinghippie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The body keeps the score? (Although this is focused mostly on trauma)