• Robert L. Mapou
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


Changes in the role of the neuropsychologist over the past decade have been accompanied by a shift in the goals of neuropsychological assessment. Historically, clinical neuropsychological assessment has been used to evaluate brain—behavior relationships in individuals who have suffered or are believed to have suffered brain dysfunction. Results have been used largely for diagnosis, including lateralization and localization of lesions. Increasingly, however, neuropsychologists have been asked to answer additional questions regarding a patient’s prognosis for further recovery, ability to complete functional tasks, and need for treatment. Although clinical neuropsychology has not lost its fundamental grounding in scientific knowledge of brain—behavior relationships, these changes in the role of the neuropsychologist and the goals of assessment have necessitated a rethinking regarding the emphasis of assessment.


Neuropsychological Assessment Brain Damage Quinolinic Acid Cognitive Neuropsychology Clinical Neuropsychology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Mapou
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  1. 1.Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military MedicineWalter Reed Army Medical CenterUSA

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