Show Summary Details
Page of

Neuropsychological assessment 

Neuropsychological assessment
Chapter:
Neuropsychological assessment
Author(s):

Diana Caine

and Sebastian J. Crutch

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199655946.003.0011
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 03 June 2020

Neuropsychological assessment aims to identify, corroborate, and characterize cognitive deficits, enabling a more precise description of the degree, type, and consequences of any impairment than can be achieved using simple bedside or screening measures. This chapter describes tools of the trade, commencing with the broad properties and principles underlying test design and structure that may influence decisions about test selection and interpretation in different clinical situations. The cognitive domains of general intellectual function, memory, language, visuospatial, and visuoperceptual processing, praxis, executive function, and processing speed are explored, and specific tests and strategies involved in their assessment are highlighted. Three detailed case studies of individuals with posterior cortical atrophy, semantic dementia, and functional cognitive disorders are presented. The psychological impact of cognitive dysfunction and how neuropsychological evaluation can contribute not only to diagnosis and prognosis but also to management of the personal and practical ramifications of a cognitive disorder are discussed.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.