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10 Things You Should Know About Behavior and Brain Injury (Brain Injury Association of Virginia, BIAV)


10 Things You Should Know About Behavior and Brain Injury:

  1. Behavior has a neuro-anatomical basis:
    • Damage to the frontal and temporal lobes is common with traumatic brain injury
    • Damage to the frontal lobe may cause disinhibition, impulsivity, problem stopping an ongoing
      pattern of behavior, perseveration, loss or lack of motivation, and emotional dyscontrol
    • Temporal lobe injury may result in lower frustration tolerance and altered mood states, usually
  2. Behavioral characteristics of persons with brain injury may include:
    • Lack of insight and ability to self-monitor may leave the person unable to see the effects of their
      behavior on others or to make judgments as to the appropriateness of their behavior
    • Inability to modulate their behavior or responses to situations well
    • Appearance of being uncaring, lazy and unmotivated when not directed by others
    • Irritating or explosive social behaviors that those of us who are neurologically intact manage to
      inhibit when stressed or otherwise provoked
    • Failure to change their behavior patterns in response to the types of consequences and potential outcomes that may be effective in managing the behavior of others
  3. And more...


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