Conscious or Nonconscious Feigning of Deficits

  • Donna L. Orsini
  • Wilfred G. van Gorp
  • Kyle B. Boone


The issue of conscious (voluntary) or nonconscious (involuntary) exaggeration or feigning of cognitive deficits on neuropsychological testing has not received much formal attention in the literature, despite its importance for clinical practice. The credibility of neuropsychology within the legal arena hinges on the ability to accurately detect the presence of actual brain dysfunction. In addition, appropriate treatment is contingent on accurate discrimination of actual brain compromise versus functional disorder.


Head Injury Free Recall Digit Span Test Finding Somatization Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donna L. Orsini
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wilfred G. van Gorp
    • 3
    • 4
  • Kyle B. Boone
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Daniel Freeman Memorial HospitalInglewoodUSA
  2. 2.University of Southern California School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Neuropsychology Assessment LaboratoryWest Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral SciencesUCLA School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.Departments of Psychiatry and Bio¬behavioral SciencesUCLA School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA
  6. 6.Department of PsychiatryHarbor-UCLA Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA

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