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Large-Scale Brain Systems and Neuropsychological Testing

An Effort to Move Forward


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Leonard F. Koziol, Paul Beljan, Kate Bree, John Mather, Lauren Barker
    Pages 1-26
  3. Leonard F. Koziol, Paul Beljan, Kate Bree, John Mather, Lauren Barker
    Pages 27-48
  4. Leonard F. Koziol, Paul Beljan, Kate Bree, John Mather, Lauren Barker
    Pages 49-61
  5. Leonard F. Koziol, Paul Beljan, Kate Bree, John Mather, Lauren Barker
    Pages 63-77
  6. Leonard F. Koziol, Paul Beljan, Kate Bree, John Mather, Lauren Barker
    Pages 79-100
  7. Leonard F. Koziol, Paul Beljan, Kate Bree, John Mather, Lauren Barker
    Pages 101-128
  8. Leonard F. Koziol, Paul Beljan, Kate Bree, John Mather, Lauren Barker
    Pages 129-135
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 137-141

About this book



This leading-edge volume offers a new framework for neuropsychological testing rooted in the current evidence base on large-scale brain system interactions. Expert coverage brings traditional discrete areas of cognitive functioning (e.g., attention, memory) in line with highly nuanced relationships between cortical and subcortical processing. The new findings point to more accurate and targeted testing, as authors expand on the judicious addition of nonstandardized methods to core diagnostic tools and the underused capacity of neuropsychological testing to assess social behavior and personality. The book’s emphasis on cognition in context gives practitioners better understanding of assessment and evaluation, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes for individuals as well as significant improvements in the field.


This innovative reference:


  • Reframes cognitive functioning in light of current data on brain interconnectivity.
  • Critiques current methods of neuropsychological test interpretation.
  • Reviews known, useful interpretive methodologies within a new context.
  • Features instructive case examples emphasizing accurate historical and test data.
  • Revisits the strengths and limitations of the bell curve construct.
  • Examines the interpretive significance of pathognomonic signs.
  • Details strategies for making neuropsychological evaluations more clinically relevant.


Large-Scale Brain Systems and Neuropsychological Testing combines current findings, clinical sense, and common sense to ground neuropsychologists, school psychologists, child psychologists, and clinical social workers in the effective assessment of real-world functioning.                                                                                                        



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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Park RidgeUSA
  2. 2.ScottsdaleUSA
  3. 3.PhoenixUSA
  4. 4.MesaUSA
  5. 5.ChicagoUSA

About the authors

Leonard F. Koziol is a clinical neuropsychologist with specialty board certifications in neuropsychology and pediatric neuropsychology and a recognized expert in executive function disorders. His neuropsychology practice is located in Arlington Heights, Illinois where he works with children, adolescents, and adults with attention or concentration problems, memory difficulties, executive dysfunction, and learning disabilities both in clinical and school settings. Dr. Paul Beljan is the past president of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He holds child and adult diplomat qualifications with the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Dr. Beljan completed two post-doctoral fellowship programs in pediatric psychology and pediatric neuropsychology, and has completed coursework for his post-doctoral master’s degree in psychopharmacology. John Mather, Ph.D., has worked as a neuropsychologist, school psychologist, educational administrator, and educational consultant for fifteen years. Dr. Mather has extensive experience with both pediatric and adult clinical populations. Dr. Mather is a respected expert in areas of dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, executive function deficits, autism spectrum disorders, gifted intellect, traumatic brain injury, attachment disorders, and Tourette’s disorder. Kathleen Bree, PsyD completed a pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology with Dr. Beljan. Dr. Bree’s professional focus includes evaluation of autism spectrum disorder, attention and executive functioning deficits, learning disorders, and gifted intelligence, with particular emphasis on the impact a child’s neuropsychological functioning has on the child’s behavior.

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“This book has something to offer every clinician: novice or seasoned and experienced; working in the private sector, hospitals, universities or within the school setting; neuropsychologist, psychologist, and/or school psychologist. This book, and the preceding volumes, hold considerable value for graduate training programs that desire to present a concise understanding of brain-behavior relationships based on current knowledge about large scale brain systems. ... The book is well written so that the student and the master will have equal benefit.  Concise explanations with case examples are ample and offer the just the amount of teaching and functional application.  Each of the three volumes offer a critical piece of understanding with this latest release providing an excellent integration of current knowledge.” (Dr. Pauline Prince, PHD, ABN, Severna Park Middle School)