Neuropsychiatric Glossary

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Waxy flexibility (cerea flexibilis)
Wernicke's term for wax-rod like pliability of extremities in catatonia followed by maintenance of uncomfortable postures for prolonged periods

Weber (test)
Lateralization of sensory-neural hearing loss by placing vibrating tuning fork at mid-forehead to determine if it seems louder on one side

Wernicke aphasia
Fluent aphasia with impaired repetition, naming (no benefit from prompting), & comprehension, & paraphasias, from damage to left temporal lobe

Tendency to tell disinhibited inappropriate jokes seen in frontal syndromes

Word salad
Mixture of neologisms & meaningless phrases in psychotic speech

Working memory
Cognitive structures for temporary storage and manipulation of information (short-term memory)