NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT INVOLVES

objective, standardized, paper and pencil testing of various cognitive abilities including overall intelligence, attention, mental speed, language, visual perceptual/spatial skills, motor dexterity, problem-solving skills, learning and memory, and academic achievement, as well as measurement of psychological symptoms. Many cognitive abilities are associated with specific brain areas, and discrete patterns of cognitive deficit can indicate which areas of the brain may be dysfunctional.

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bookCLINICAL PRACTICE OF FORENSIC NEUROPSYCHOLOGY:
AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH

Written by a foremost expert in the field, this hands-on, evidence-based guide describes how to conduct a comprehensive forensic neuropsychological evaluation and provide expert testimony. All steps are covered — from selecting, scoring, and interpreting tests to writing reports and responding to cross- examination — with special attention to assessing noncredible performance. The book identifies seven common flaws of forensic neuropsychological reports and shows how to avoid them. Excerpts from testimony transcripts illustrate ways neuropsychologists can protect their reports from attack. Also featured are case illustrations and a sample report.

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NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF SOMATOFORM AND OTHER FUNCTIONAL SOMATIC CONDITIONS

This book provides neuropsychologists with comprehensive information and specific practice recommendations for the assessment of patients with somatoform conditions. The first four chapters discuss the genesis of somatoform and other functional somatic symptom disorders, and the next seven chapters address somatoform conditions in the context of nonepileptic seizures, multiple chemical sensitivity and other claimed toxic exposures, pseudotremor and other nonphysiologic movement disorders, postconcussion syndrome, chronic pain/fibromyalgia/complex regional pain syndrome, attention deficit disorder, and auto-immune disease. Chapters are also included that address the use of the MMPI-2-RF in differentiating somatoform disorder and malingering; medically unexplained symptoms in non-English-speaking individuals; workplace factors in somatization; and testimony involving somatoform conditions. The book is targeted for practicing neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists including those specializing in behavioral medicine, and students in training.

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