Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. An Overview of Neurobiological Methods

  3. Neurobiology of Psychological Traits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. David Camfield
      Pages 53-72
    3. Cindy Van Rooy, John Song, Con Stough
      Pages 73-103
  4. Neurobiology of Abnormal Traits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Lisa J. Cohen
      Pages 107-124
    3. Christopher J. Lawrence, Ira Lott, Richard J. Haier
      Pages 125-142
    4. Maree Farrow, Florence Levy, Richard Silberstein
      Pages 143-197
    5. Robyn Young
      Pages 199-215
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 217-219

About this book


Nurture or nature? Biology or environment? Why are some people intelligent, or personable, or creative and others obtuse, or shy, or unimaginative? Although each human being is a unique mixture of positive and negative traits and behaviors, the question remains: What is the neurobiological basis for each individual’s makeup? For example, why does one person suffer from a disorder (e.g., ADHD, autism, mental retardation) and another lives free of maladies?

These are just some of the issues addressed in detail in Neurobiology of Exceptionality. The introductory chapter provides a broad-based overview of current neurobiological techniques (i.e., terms, procedures, and technologies), which are followed by chapters that offer in-depth examination of the neurobiological bases for:

     •  Impulsive sensation seeking
     •  Creativity
     •  Intelligence
     •  Antisociality
     •  Autism, mental retardation, and Down Syndrome
     •  ADHD
     •  Savant Syndrome

This volume provides a one-stop source for clinical psychologists and other allied mental health professionals to access information on a wide range of research on the neurobiology of psychological and psychiatric traits. It is designed to give readers an overview of the current knowledge base of the biological processes for each trait. It’s unlikely that any one book could cover all human traits, but the Neurobiology of Exceptionality addresses a wide range of exceptional psychological traits and psychiatric disorders.


Creativity Sensation Seeking Syndrom attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) autism biology brain genetics information intelligence knowledge neurobiology physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Con Stough
    • 1
  1. 1.Swinburne University of TechnologyHawthorn, VictoriaAustralia

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