Methodological and Theoretical Issues in Neuropsychological Assessment

  • Gerald Goldstein
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Parsons and Prigatano (1978) have written an article entitled “Methodological Considerations in Clinical Neuropsychological Research,” and the reader is referred to it for an excellent review of many of the problems of design and data analysis in clinical neuropsychology. We will attempt to deal with other issues here. Neuropsychological assessment is the attempt to relate behavioral deficits to underlying brain dysfunction, generally through the use of psychometric and other examinational procedures known as neuropsychological tests. Some investigators would view neuropsychological testing as an extension of the neurological examination, with an emphasis on the so-called higher functions of the nervous system. Clinical neuropsychologists, as opposed to human neuropsychologists in general, are particularly interested in the application of scientific findings in the area of brain-behavior relations to diagnosis and evaluation of patients. This application occurs in three major areas: diagnostic evaluation, assessment of impaired and preserved functions, and rehabilitation planning. In other words, the procedures are commonly used to determine whether or not an individual has a brain lesion, to delineate what the defects and preserved abilities associated with the lesion are, and to plan a program of treatment or rehabilitation based on the obtained pattern of deficits and assets.


Neuropsychological Test Neuropsychological Assessment Brain Damage Rehabilitation Planning Damage Patient 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Goldstein
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Veterans Administration Medical CenterPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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