Using a Model of Cognitive Function to Plan Cognitive Treatment

An Axial Model of Brain Function
  • Robert L. Pusakulich
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


The practice of neuropsychological assessment routinely calls for the selection of a series or “battery” of psychometric measures of cortical functions. Rehabilitative interventions for cognitive retraining also require assessment and description of debilitated and normal cortical functions. The selection of tests for an assessment battery or any other clinical test aggregate requires either an explicit or implicit model or scheme based upon the kinds or types of cortical functions expected to be assessed and described. However, such models are not plentiful and it is easy for practitioners in such circumstances to fall back upon functional descriptions generated by the “face validities” of the tests themselves or some “folk psychological” list of cortical functions (see Smith Churchland, 1986, for a discussion of “folk psychological” constructs).


Brain Function Cortical Function Clinical Neuropsychologist Axial Model Left Parietal Lobe 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Pusakulich
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVA Medical CenterMemphisUSA

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