Clinical Neuropsychology of Emotion

Yana Suchy

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January 20, 2011
ISBN 9781609180720
Price: $66.00
370 Pages
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370 Pages
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370 Pages

Written in an engaging, accessible style, this book synthesizes the growing body of knowledge on the neuropsychology of emotion and identifies practical clinical implications. The author unravels the processes that comprise a single emotional event, from the initial trigger through physiological and psychological responses. She also examines how patterns of emotional responses come together to motivate complex behavioral choices. Grounded in theory and research, the book discusses relevant syndromes and populations, reviews available assessment instruments, and describes how deficits in emotional processing affect cognition, daily functioning, and mental health.

“Yana Suchy...wade[s] into a realm of clinical neuropsychology theory and practice that has been roundly neglected in this age of cognitive obsession....Suchy's book has a unique Preface that functions as an introduction to the author's thinking about the book along with the aims of the book. It also includes advice in the section How to Read This Book that turns out to be very helpful. Recognizing that readers differ, the author provides instructions that are similar to travel directions that include written instructions and a map. The coverage of the book is quote complete, and most of the disturbances in affective processes that a clinical neuropsychologist is likely to encounter are reported here....The reference material attached to these descriptions of affective phenomena is almost uniformly complete and up to date, reflecting excellent scholarship beyond the 'point and click' ersatz reference product offered by many books....Notably innovative and very much worth reading.”


“A highly engaging and timely integration of emotion theory, research, and clinical application. Recommended for all neuropsychologists and for any clinician who wishes to have a more nuanced understanding of how alterations in the components of emotion give rise to different clinical manifestations.”

—Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine

“This book is extraordinary in terms of both its breadth and depth. Suchy has successfully integrated numerous literatures and perspectives into a single, very readable volume. The book will serve as a major text and reference for graduate students in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience, researchers examining the brain-emotion interface, and health care professionals evaluating patients who exhibit emotion-processing deficits. It is an engrossing read for anyone interested in age-old questions about the emotional brain. Suchy's superb integrative approach will help transform the neuropsychology of emotion from an interdisciplinary area of research and practice to a truly transdisciplinary one.”

—Meryl A. Butters, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

“This authoritative and highly readable text makes a substantial and unique contribution to the literature on emotion and personality. Readers will appreciate Suchy’s clarity in espousing a coherent, well-formulated clinical neuropsychology of emotion that is grounded in contemporary theory and practice, yet respectful of historical roots. This thought-provoking volume fills a major gap in the literature. It should be required reading for psychology graduate students and will be a most stimulating desk reference for seasoned educators, researchers, and clinicians.”

—Ida Sue Baron, PhD, ABPP-CN, Director of Neuropsychology, Department of Pediatrics, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Falls Church, Virginia

“This is an invaluable text for undergraduate courses with a focus on emotional processes and the brain. Suchy provides an excellent historical perspective and a clear collation of the current literature. The frequent use of examples and figures makes the information easily accessible. The text is also a unique resource for teaching neuropsychology at the graduate level. It provides a coherent overview of how emotion interacts with personality, cognition, and behavior in a wide variety of psychiatric and neurological disorders.”

—Skye McDonald, PhD, Professor, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Australia

Table of Contents

I. Historical Origins: Emotions and Personality from Antiquity to the 20th Century

1. Traditional Models and Theories of Emotions and Personality

2. Early Neuroanatomic Models of Emotional Processing

II. Anatomy of an Emotional Event: From Emotional Trigger to Emotion Regulation

3. The Trigger Mechanism and the Detection of Emotionally Salient Stimuli

4. Reflexive Emotional Responses

5. Awareness and Understanding of an Emotional Experience

6. Emotional Communication

7. Emotion Regulation

III. Emotions, Affective Styles, and Motivation: How Emotions Shape Who We Are and What We Do

8. Mood and Motivation

9. Motivation and Sensitivity to Incentives

10. Stress and Motivation

IV. A Glimpse at Tomorrow from an Interdisciplinary Perspective

11. Temperament, Personality, and Heritability of Individual Differences in Executive Functioning, with Paula G. Williams

12. Stress Regulation, Executive Functioning, and Physical and Mental Health, with Paula G. Williams

13. Future Directions for Clinical Neuropsychology of Emotion

Appendix A. Affective Deficits, Symptoms, and Syndromes Associated with Select Clinical Populations

Appendix B. Disorders and Populations Associated with Select Affective Deficits, Symptoms, or Syndromes

Appendix C. Select Measures for Assessment of Affective Deficits, Symptoms, or Syndromes

About the Author

Yana Suchy, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology Program Director in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah. Her professional responsibilities include graduate training, research, and clinical neuropsychological practice. Dr. Suchy’s research focuses on understanding the interface among executive, affective, and motor processes, with the long-term goal of developing new methods for detecting subtle, preclinical deficits in executive and emotional control. In line with her research interests, she feels strongly about the need to integrate assessment of affective processes into everyday neuropsychological clinical practice. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and The Clinical Neuropsychologist, and as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of other journals. Dr. Suchy has published widely in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and neuropsychology textbooks and presents regularly at national and international meetings.


Neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, health psychologists; also of interest to developmentalists and personality/social psychologists.

Course Use

May serve as a text in graduate-level courses.