Over the last 2 decades, we have seen important improvements in the way we can image the human brain and noninvasively estimate the location of critical functional networks. Intraoperative direct electrical stimulation, during awake surgery for brain tumors and epilepsy, showed a direct links between these networks and their function. The preservation of so-called "eloquent" brain functions and the balance between risks and benefits of surgical treatment have become increasingly important to obtain an optimal functional result.
Specific brain functions are no longer solely attributed to a particular location on the cortex, but are believed to be represented by a particular network of cortical areas that are connected via subcortical pathways. As a result, more and more extensive mapping of cognitive and emotional networks have been developed.
The diseases, which disrupt the cerebral cortex and its subcortical connections, result in a wide variety of clinical features. These include the classical syndromes of higher cortical dysfunction such as the dysphasia, dyspraxia, amnesias, agnosia, reading comprehension, processing speed, learning and memory, reasoning, executive functions, visuospatial skills, motor speed, personality, together with a wide variety of behavioral and emotional disturbances, which affects self-awareness, arousal/attention, executive function, social behavior, memory and emotion. Such disorders frequently overlap with the clinical disciplines of clinical psychology, neurology, psychiatry and neurosurgery.
In this special issue, we welcome contributions from different areas reporting clinical syndromes referable to identified areas of the cerebral cortex or that discuss the main neuropsychological syndromes secondary to neurological and neurosurgical condition, as well as manuscripts from various neurological, psychiatric and neurosurgical conditions which show the function and the potential role of these subcortical brain networks in research and the clinical setting.
Dr. Nicola Montemurro
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