The role of cognitive neuropsychology in clinical settings: The example of a single case of deep dyslexia.

Roberto Cubelli, S. Pedrizzi, Sergio Della Sala

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Abstract

The role of the cognitive neuropsychologist within the diagnostic team is defined. The different steps that a cognitive neuropsychology diagnosis entails are exemplified by describing the complex case of a patient (BR) with deep dyslexia. A rigorous neuropsychological examination disclosed three independent impairments: impaired sublexical orthography-to-phonology conversion mechanism, defective access to phonological lexicon and asymmetrical abstract orthographic representation. These deficits could be mapped onto and accounted for in terms of the classic dual-route cognitive model of reading. The case of BR demonstrates that neuropsychological formulation should not be limited to labelling behavioural disorders and that a thorough analysis of performance profile offers much more than the dichotomous pass–fail on single tests.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeuropsychological Formulation
Subtitle of host publicationA Clinical Casebook
EditorsJ. Macniven
Place of PublicationNew York/Berlin
PublisherSpringer
Pages15-27
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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