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The Cognitive Neuropsychiatry of Parkinson's Disease$
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Patrick McNamara

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016087

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016087.001.0001

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The Neurology of the Agentic Self

The Neurology of the Agentic Self

(p.57) 4 The Neurology of the Agentic Self
The Cognitive Neuropsychiatry of Parkinson's Disease

Patrick McNamara

The MIT Press

This chapter deals with the neurological aspect of the agentic self. It states that the agentic self needs to control immediate impulses to achieve better results and fulfil future objectives, and to be aware of the neurological aspect of all associated processes involved in performing agentic functions. The agentic self needs to have absolute neural control over all those regions of the brain that govern immediate impulses and affect rational abilities involved in performing agentic functions. It adopts a preventive strategy when it is unable to distinguish different cognitive capabilities, leading to the onset of Parkinson’s disease (PD). This aspect of the self progressively degenerates and aggravates the condition of the patient afflicted with PD.

Keywords:   neurological aspect, agentic functions, agentic self, neural control, rational ability, preventive strategy

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