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Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

  1. George P. Prigatano

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0597

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Prigatano, G. P. 2010. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Neuropsychological rehabilitation refers to training experiences and learning exercises that attempt to restore higher integrative brain functions following an acquired brain injury (Luria, 1948/1963) and/or teaching patients to compensate for residual higher order brain disturbances in their personal and interpersonal life (Prigatano, 1999). These activities are employed with both adults and children. Neuropsychological rehabilitation with adults attempts to help them deal with the problem of “lost normality” by having them return to a productive lifestyle and find ways of maintaining mutually satisfying interpersonal relationships (i.e., work and love). For children and their parents, the attempt is to help them both deal with the problem of the child “not developing normally.” This requires considerable effort at helping the child and parent realistically adjust to whatever permanent changes may be imposed by brain injury, without having children lose their “individuality.” That is, in both adults and children, the goal is to help them improve in their higher cerebral functioning and adjust to those functions that cannot get better, but to do so in a manner that still allows them to be true to who they are. The goal is not simply to have them adjust to society at the risk of losing their individuality.


  • neuropsychological rehabilitation;
  • cognitive rehabilitation;
  • psychotherapy;
  • brain injury;
  • impaired self-awareness