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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: This is an essential book on the state of neuropsychological instruments and associated normative data. This third edition provides substantial additional information and updates.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide critical information regarding a wide variety of neuropsychological instruments. The book informs practitioners of test characteristics and normative data, and provides a general overview of important issues in neuropsychological assessment.
Audience: It is directly aimed at practicing neuropsychologists and clinical psychology students/trainees with an interest in neuropsychological assessment. Neurologists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and school psychologists also may find it useful.
Features: The book begins with an overview of practical issues in neuropsychological assessment that includes basic psychometrics, norms selection, history taking, test selection, and report writing. The chapters on psychometrics and norm selection are new for this edition. The remainder of the book is dedicated to covering neuropsychological instruments indexed by cognitive domain. Also included is a section on psychopathology, personality, and adaptive functioning. Each instrument has information about its purpose, administration instructions, scoring rules, demographic influences, normative data, reliability and validity, and comments on special issues or limitations. The normative data are presented in tables, making it easy to reference. In addition, summary tables are provided to make between-test comparisons straightforward. The references for each instrument are listed immediately following that section and are generally extensive and current. Notably, there has been an expansion of the number of instruments covered in all sections, except for the section addressing the assessment of response bias, which remains rather paltry.
Assessment: The second edition was an exceptional book that could be found in almost any neuropsychology office. The third edition continues this excellence and is a worthy companion to such indispensable texts as Neuropsychological Assessment, 4th edition, Lezak, Howieson, and Loring (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Clinical Neuropsychology: A Pocket Handbook for Assessment, Snyder, Robins, and Nussbaum (American Psychological Association, 2005). The third edition is significantly updated and expanded and is worth the price, even for owners of previous editions.