Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Kinsbourne, Marcel (1931–)

  • Kathleen O’Toole
  • Anneliese RadkeEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_668

Landmark Clinical, Scientific, and Professional Contributions

  • Although he has made significant contributions to the understanding of hemispheric specialization, aging, memory, learning disabilities, and consciousness, Dr. Kinsbourne is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in the domain of attention. Beginning in 1970, he published experiments on which he based his well-known and still widely cited attentional model of hemispheric asymmetries. This model constituted a radical deviation from the then-prevalent static anatomical “switchboard” model (centers and connections) of the cerebrum that purported to explain neuropsychological deficits as “disconnection syndromes.” He noted that there is little evidence in neuroanatomy for hierarchical one-way information flow from way station to way station along designated channels in the cerebrum. His alternative, physiologically more realistic, model acknowledged the brain as a highly reciprocally interconnected neural network,...

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References and Readings

  1. Kinsbourne, M. (1970). The cerebral basis of lateral asymmetries in attention. Acta Psychologica, 33, 193–201.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Children’s Healthcare of AtlantaAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA