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Expected and Unexpected Behavioural and Cognitive Changes after Neurosurgical Procedures

Call for Papers

The relationship between the brain and the mind on cognitive, behavioural, and affective aspects has been investigated by scientists and clinicians for a long time and is still a matter of research and debate. The theme of psychosurgery has been rising up in recent years, as neuromodulation has been proposed and performed for several neuropsychiatric disorders. The potentials of deep brain stimulation to modulate behaviour have been repeatedly confirmed, and new targets and clinical effects are reported with increased frequency. However, behavioural and cognitive changes are sometimes observed as unexpected or unwanted consequences of several neurosurgical procedures.

The aim of this special issue is to describe the impact that brain surgery has on behavioural and cognitive changes, with particular emphasis on the thin border between the planned therapeutic effects and the unexpected consequences that brain surgery has on the patient. We welcome both basic science research and clinical studies, and review articles and we especially encourage those contributions that point out the anatomical and functional bases of behavioural and cognitive changes due to neurosurgical procedures.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Behavioural and cognitive changes after DBS for movement disorders
  • Behavioural and cognitive changes after cerebrovascular surgery
  • Behavioural and cognitive changes after surgery for brain tumours
  • Behavioural and cognitive changes after neuromodulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, eating disorders, and epilepsy
  • Behavioural and cognitive changes after resective and disconnective epilepsy surgery
  • Ethical issues related to psychosurgery

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 8 June 2018
Publication DateOctober 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Alberto Feletti, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Modena, Modena, Italy

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