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3rd Edition

Neuropsychology for Psychologists, Health Care Professionals, and Attorneys

ISBN 9780849373091
Published June 21, 2007 by CRC Press
542 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Extensively revised and expanded, this third edition of Neuropsychology for Psychologists, Health Care Professionals, and Attorneys provides a clear, concise, and comprehensive discussion of neuropsychology, outlining its purpose, use, and historical development. It covers the anatomy of the brain, a wide variety of neurobehavioral disorders, comprehensive neuropsychological examinations, ecological validity, and the strengths and limitations of many widely used neuropsychological and diagnostic tests. Maintaining a high degree of detail and sophistication, this book enables an in-depth comprehension of the topic even by those with no prior knowledge in this area.

Beginning with a definition and overview of neuropsychology and the role of the neuropsychologist, this third edition expands the section on neuroanatomy to describe subcortical and ganglionic structures, cerebellum and white fiber tracts, and the pathophysiology of neurobehabehavioral disorders. It covers mild and severe traumatic brain injuries, postconcussion syndrome, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), frontal lobe disorders, executive dysfunction, and seizure disorders. The authors introduce new findings on age-related cognitive changes, neuropsychological and physiological correlates of PTSD, Alzheimer's and late onset dementia. New chapters include malingering of neuropsychological deficits and deception, the limitations of neuropsychological tests, and how to critique the interpretation of neuropsychological test data and reports.

Emphasizing a systematic approach to neuropsychological testing and assessment, this book evaluates a wide range of neuropsychological and neurodiagnostic tests in terms of their strengths, limitations, validity, and reliability. It critically examines different methods of test scoring and interpretation discussing the ecological validity of neuropsychological testing and the extent to which neuropsychological tests can detect neurobehavioral deficits and brain damage. The author provides numerous illustrative case studies and six sample medico-legal reports along with three appendices offering a glossary of terms, a list of widely prescribed medications, and a quick-reference summary of the tests detailed in the book.

Table of Contents

Clinical Neuropsychology

The Education and Training of the Neuropsychologist

Clinical Neuropsychology: Comparison with Other Specialties


Neurobehavioral Disorders

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries and Seizures

Reliability and Validity of Neuropsychological Tests

Neuropsychological Assessment

Deception and Malingering

Neuropsychological Testing

Scoring and Interpretation of Neuropsychological Test Data

The Limitations of Neuropsychological Tests

Samples of Medicolegal Neuropsychological Reports

Appendix A: Glossary of Neurological and Neuropsychological Terms

Appendix B: Psychotropic Agents

Appendix C: Strengths and Limitations of Neuropsychological Tests

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