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Motivational disorders following brain injury 

Motivational disorders following brain injury
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Motivational disorders following brain injury
Author(s):

Michael Oddy

, Andrew Worthington

, and Elizabeth Francis

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198568056.003.0003
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date: 16 December 2017

Chapter 3 provides a unifying framework to classify motivational deficits following brain injury and argues that the term ‘motivation’ is commonly used to describe goal-directed behaviour and that it is unnecessary to invoke a metaphysical élan or motivational force separate from the processes of emotion and cognition. The framework is based on theories of executive function, and it is argued that deficits ascribed to motivation can be explained as deficits in the function of executive control systems.

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