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Research Article  |   October 1989
Neuroscience and Occupational Therapy: Vital Connections
Author Affiliations
  • Shereen D. Farber, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Assistant Director of Occupational Therapy for Administration, Indiana University Hospitals, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Indiana University School of Medicine, Division of Allied Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy Program, 1140 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202–5119. She is also a consultant in private practice for Neurorehabilitation Services, Indianapolis, Indiana
Article Information
Neurologic Conditions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Features / 1989 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture
Research Article   |   October 1989
Neuroscience and Occupational Therapy: Vital Connections
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1989, Vol. 43, 637-646. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.10.637
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1989, Vol. 43, 637-646. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.10.637
Abstract

This paper presents the hypothesis that in-depth knowledge of the neurosciences serves as a common denominator that enhances our ability to interpret all aspects of human behavior. Neurobiological information can be used to design research to evaluate our existing treatment philosophy and methodology and to develop new theories and technology. Because occupational therapy addresses widely divergent diagnostic populations, three separate areas along the practice continuum were selected to demonstrate the application of neurobiological concepts: (a) neuroimmunomodulation, (b) organic bases of psychopathology, and (c) traumatic brain injury. Philosophical statements regarding effective methods of teaching neurobiology to occupational therapists are included.