Neuropsychology Review

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 205–231

Forensic neuropsychology: The art of practicing a science that does not yet exist

  • David Faust

DOI: 10.1007/BF01109045

Cite this article as:
Faust, D. Neuropsychol Rev (1991) 2: 205. doi:10.1007/BF01109045


Despite its future promise, neuropsychological evidence generally lacks scientifically demonstrated value for resolving legal issues, and thus, if admitted into court, should be accorded little or no weight. In support of this contention, examples of problems and limits in forensic neuropsychology are described. These include contrasts between the clinical and forensic context; the base-rate problem; lack of standardized practices; problems assessing credibility or malingering; difficulties determining prior functioning, limits in the capacity to integrate complex data; and the lack of relation between judgmental accuracy and education, experience, or credentials. Some possible counterarguments are also addressed.

Key words

forensic neuropsychologyclinical assessmentneuropsychological methodsintellectual functioning

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Faust
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology Department, Chafee CenterUniversity of Rhode IslandKingston