Advances in Brain Imaging

Advances in Brain Imaging

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Brain imaging and its application to major psychiatric disorders such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and schizophrenia is one of the most exciting fields in psychiatry today.This thought-provoking collection details the work of five scientists who report some of the most recent findings in the field, review the relevant data in the literature, and place this research within a critical neuroscience context. Each chapter tells a fascinating story:  Chapter 1, Functional Brain Imaging in Psychiatry: The Next Wave, reviews the strengths and limitations of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), emphasizes the therapeutic implications of brain imaging findings, and suggests that this field may achieve its greatest utility in the search for the genetic bases for psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. Chapter 2, Cognitive Neuroscience: The New Neuroscience of the Mind and Its Implications for Psychiatry, emphasizes the importance of cognitive deficits in our understanding of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and OCD, presenting an exciting discussion of the development of a theory of altered executive function. Chapter 3, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Children and Adolescents: Implications for Research on Emotion, explains a compelling new way of using fMRI to investigate disorders of emotion (such as major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, and social phobia) in children, synthesizing neuroscience, psychiatry, and developmental psychology. Chapter 4, Brain Structure and Function in Late-Life Depression, presents both structural and functional brain imaging findings, such as decreased brain volume and abnormalities of regional cerebral blood flow, in patients with late-life depression, examining how they compare with younger patients with major depression and raising an intriguing question of trait versus state as the cause for some of these abnormalities. Chapter 5, Neuroimaging Studies of Major Depression, details a distinctive longitudinal and intensely multimodal neuroscience approach particularly well suited for brain studies, describing not only the abnormalities, but also the changes in these abnormalities after therapeutic intervention, showing that some appear to depend on the patient's mood and that other neurophysiologic differences persist even after treatment. The provocative research breakthroughs and findings presented in this volume may lead to important insights in diagnosis, treatment response, and prognosis for some of today's most challenging psychiatric disorders. Researchers and clinicians alike will find that this remarkable volume enhances their understanding of the theory and practice of brain imaging in psychiatry and offers an exciting glimpse of the future directions of both the technology and the science.show more

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  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 10mm | 299.37g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 1585620289
  • 9781585620289

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"This is an up-to-date review of both neuroimaging in psychiatry and neurocognitive correlates in psychiatric disorders. It draws together the work of several of the leading investigations in this field. It also provides excellent and extremely current references for each chapter."-- "Doody Publishing", "September 2001"show more

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Brain imaging and its application to major psychiatric disorders such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and schizophrenia is one of the most exciting fields in psychiatry today. This thought-provoking collection details the work of five scientists who report some of the most recent findings in the field, review the relevant data in the literature, and place this research within a critical neuroscience context. Each chapter tells a fascinating story. The first chapter reviews the strengths and limitations of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and suggests that fMRI may achieve its greatest utility in the search for the genetic bases for psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. Subsequent chapters emphasize the importance of cognitive deficits in our understanding of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and OCD, explain a compelling new way of using fMRI to investigate mood and anxiety disorders in children, and present both structural and functional brain imaging findings in patients with late-life depression, examining how they compare to younger patients with major depression and raising an intriguing question of trait versus state. This provocative volume concludes by presenting a distinctive longitudinal and intensely multimodal neuroscience approach, showing that some brain abnormalities appear to depend on the patient's mood and that other neurophysiologic differences persist even after treatment. Researchers and clinicians alike will find that this remarkable volume enhances their understanding of the theory and practice of brain imaging in psychiatry and offers an exciting glimpse of the future directions of both the technology and the science.show more

About John M. Morihisa

John M. Morihisa, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York.show more

Table of contents

ContributorsIntroduction to the Review of Psychiatry SeriesForewordChapter 1. Functional Brain Imaging in Psychiatry: The Next WaveChapter 2. Cognitive Neuroscience: The New Neuroscience of the Mind and Its Implications for PsychiatryChapter 3. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Children and Adolescents: Implications for Research on EmotionChapter 4. Brain Structure and Function in Late-Life DepressionChapter 5. Neuroimaging Studies of Major DepressionAfterwordIndexshow more

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