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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 Agentic Self and Personality Changes in Parkinson’s Disease

The Agentic Self and Personality Changes in Parkinson’s Disease

(p.87) 6 The Agentic Self and Personality Changes in Parkinson’s Disease
The Cognitive Neuropsychiatry of Parkinson's Disease

Patrick McNamara

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This chapter explains that impairment of the agentic self and weak functioning of neural networks play a key role in the onset of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Weak functioning of brain networks is characterized by progressively degenerating cognitive symptoms and lack of working memory, characteristic personality traits that extensive investigations have revealed can be observed in an individual a long time before the actual onset of the disease. These traits are present in individuals in the form of anxiety, restlessness, and weak cognitive abilities. Investigations also reveal that PD affects individuals who demonstrate a particular personality type, which is symbolized by minimal social interactions, rigid behavior, and seriousness, among others.

Keywords:   agentic self, brain networks, personality traits, anxiety, cognitive ability

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