Boston Process Approach
Born out of the work of A. R. Luria (e.g., Higher Cortical Function in Man, 1966), the Boston process approach (BPA) to neuropsychological testing is a method of exploring the patient’s approach to a task and the process involved in attaining a specific test score (Loring 1999). Its aim is to provide a more accurate characterization of neuropsychological function and dysfunction and the nervous system components involved (Kaplan 1988; Strauss et al. 2006).
According to Edith Kaplan (1988, 1990), the “achievement”-oriented approach to assessment, where performance is based on the scores obtained on a particular test, is flawed in that it assumes that the scores obtained are reflective of an underlying unitary mechanism. As an example, two individuals could arrive at a similar score via distinctly different processes that are dependent on distinctly different neural structures and/or pathways. The inherent loss of data that occurs by focusing on...
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