Russell, E. (2011). The scientific foundation of neuropsychological assessment. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

 

The overall endeavor of this book is to continue the development of the type of neuropsychological assessment begun by Halstead and Reitan, with an emphasis on fixed or standardized  batteries. As you know, this has been a neglected aspect of neuropsychological assessment.  

 

Nevertheless, this writing is concerned with many aspects of neuropsychological assessment beyond batteries, including, theory, procedures, construction and the validation of both tests and batteries. It takes a viewpoint that is not expressed in neuropsychological textbooks. Nevertheless, it is quite practical since I dealt with practical problems in constructing and publishing tests and batteries.

 

As such, the first purpose of this writing is to lay a theoretical foundation for the use of neuropsychological assessment  procedures by establishing a bridge between neuropsychological testing and brain functioning.

 

Secondly, the book grounds neuropsychological assessment in science. After describing the basic nature of science, it relates science to the psychometric relationship between assessment and brain functions.  While science has various aspects, it is justification, particularly validation, that insures the reliability of interpretations.  Justification and methods of pattern analysis are discussed in some detail.

 

In regard to scientific assessment, considerable discussion is provided as to how to design assessment procedures, especially batteries, often from a perspective different from the common view.    

 

The final purpose of the book is to provide neuropsychologists and attorneys some guidance as to the  scientific characteristics of assessment that provide reliable information for forensics. 

 

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