The value of cognitive neuropsychology: The case of vision research

Michael McCloskey, Thitaporn Chaisilprungraung

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Cognitive neuropsychological evidence is widely viewed as inherently flawed or weak, despite well-reasoned arguments to the contrary by many theorists. Rather than attempting yet another defence of cognitive neuropsychology on logical grounds, we point out through examples that in practice, cognitive neuropsychological evidence is widely accepted as valid and important, and has had a major impact on cognitive theory and research. Objections offered in the abstract rarely arise in the context of actual studies. We develop these points through examples from the domain of vision, discussing cerebral achromatopsia and akinetopsia, selective impairment and sparing of face recognition, perception–action dissociations, and blindsight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)412-419
Number of pages8
JournalCognitive neuropsychology
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Nov 17 2017


  • Achromatopsia
  • akinetopsia
  • blindsight
  • perception–action dissociations
  • prosopagnosia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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