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Psicologia USP

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TAUB, Anita et al. Neuropsychology in experimental research: Mercury intoxication as an example of application. Psicol. USP [online]. 2006, vol.17, n.4, pp. 287-300. ISSN 0103-6564.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-65642006000400015.

The development of the field of neuropsychology followed the study of the brain since its oldest records. Neuropsychological science uses quantitative measures of performance and technologies for the production of neuroimage that, jointly, allow the observation of the brain-behavior relationship. Neuropsychological research has revealed results in the investigation of cognitive, psychomotor or behavioral alterations related to congenital or acquired pathologies. In the present article we describe historical aspects of experimental neuropsychology and present the main results of a study about neuropsychological alterations found in patients with a history of mercury vapor intoxication, which persisted years after exposure.

Keywords : Neuropsychology; Neuropsychological assessment; Mercury poisoning.

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