Designing a Neuropsychological Test Battery

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)


In designing a test battery there is a need for a comprehensive evaluation, but not a need for an exhaustive exam which attempts to test everything. The exam is best focused for a variety of reasons. First, and most obvious, is time. Even when working for the defense, there are often time limits placed on how much contact one can have with an inmate, both as a practical issue for the prison and the neuropsychologist, as well as the effective use of the overall time for the case which is set by the referral source. Adding unnecessary evaluations will take away from those aspects of an evaluation that are necessary and the most useful. In addition, tests which require extensive equipment generally do not perform well within the prison setting where testing rooms may be very primitive (depending on your location of course). Issues of confidentiality of test equipment must also be considered since one is rarely in a setting where there is not some level of observation when working with violent criminals accused or murder.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA
  2. 2.Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA

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