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Understanding Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology
Science, Testing, and Challenges

ISBN 9780367508388
Published March 11, 2022 by Routledge
198 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Understanding Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology thoroughly examines the meaning of culture in the context of neuropsychology, focusing on the fundamental neuroscience underlying how different aspects of culture influence neuropsychological test performance, and how that is related to brain function. It explores in detail the relationship between brain activity and culture, and the influence of various cultural, educational, and linguistic factors on neuropsychological test performances across various cognitive domains.

Written by leadings researchers in cross-cultural neuropsychology, the book first introduces the basic concepts in the field. It goes on to focus on the influence of cultural variables on specific domains of cognition, including perception, attention, memory, language, and executive functions. It also explores the implications of cross-cultural neuropsychology in practice, including a focus on test adaptation, the use of interpreters, the influence of acculturation, and the practice of neuropsychological rehabilitation in different cultural settings.

This book is essential reading for neuropsychologists and related practitioners working with culturally diverse clients, who need a good grasp of the cultural impacts on neuropsychological test performance when assessing clients from different cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds. It is also valuable for neuropsychologists in countries around the world who need a means of understanding the ways in which their culture impacts the performances of their clients on tests, which have been mostly developed in the U.S. or other Western cultures.

Table of Contents


           Alberto Luis Fernández and Jonathan Evans


  1. Challenges for neuropsychology in the global context
  2. Aparna Dutt, Jonathan Evans, Alberto Luis Fernández

  3. Operationalizing the concept of culture
  4. Alberto Luis Fernández

  5. Developing cross-cultural neuropsychology through the lens of cross-cultural cognitive neuroscience
  6. Hsu-Wen Huang, Chih-Mao Huang

  7. Education, the most powerful cultural variable?
  8. Alberto Luis Fernández



  9. Considering culture in the neuropsychological assessment of attention and perception

    Matthew J. Russell, Hajin Lee, Karen K. Leung, and Takahiko Masuda
  10. Culture and Perception
  11. Sumita Chatterjee

  12. The influence of culture on memory
  13. Bernice A. Marcopulos, & Kara Eversole

  14. Layers of Complexity: The Interplay of Culture and Bi/Multilingualism on Neurocognitive Outcomes Across the Lifespan
  15. Adriana M. Strutt & Beatriz MacDonald

  16. The influence of culture on the assessment of executive functioning
  17. Jonathan Evans


  18. Cross-cultural testing: adaptation, development or cross-cultural tests?
  19. Alberto Luis Fernández & Jonathan Evans

  20. Interpreter-Assisted Neuropsychological Assessment: Clinical Considerations
  21. Daryl Fujii, Octavio Santos & Lori Della Malva

  22. The influence of acculturation on neuropsychological test performance
  23. Yi Wen Tan & Gerald H. Burgess

  24. Neuropsychological rehabilitation: Perspectives based on cultural experience
  25. Jill Winegardner

  26. The future of neuropsychology in a global context
    Jonathan  Evans, Aparna Dutt and Alberto Luis Fernández

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Alberto Luis Fernández is the Head of the Research Department at the Catholic University of Córdoba in Argentina, where he also teaches neuropsychology and psychometrics. He has worked in cross-cultural neuropsychological test adaptation and development and published several articles on the topic and is currently developing a cross-cultural test (The Multicultural Neuropsychological Scale) whose preliminary results have been published. He has been in collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Evans for the last three years in different projects on the topic, among them the organization of a workshop in Chile and the presentation of a course in the INS meeting in Washington in 2018.

Jonathan Evans moved in 1991 to work at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit (now MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit) in Cambridge. In 1996 he became the founding Clinical Director of the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in Ely. In October 2003 he moved to his current position at the University of Glasgow, where he is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology and Program Director for the MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology.