College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Neuropsychological Dimensions of Paranoid Syndromes.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1985

Publication Title

International Journal of Clinical Neuropsychology

Volume

7

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

Among 10 patients diagnosed as having paranoid disorders, 8 Ss showed impairment on the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery. Four of these 8 Ss had abnormal computerized tomography scans or regional cerebral blood flow impairments. Their histories and current complaints suggested 2 differing types of presentation that differed primarily in level of premorbid functioning. Two case studies, representing each type and involving a 63-yr-old female and a 31-yr-old male, are discussed. Using A. R. Luria's (1973) theory, the ways in which paranoid disorders may develop from several types of brain injury or dysfunction are discussed. (6 ref)

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