Neuropsychology and the Law

Neuropsychology and the Law

by Jane Dywan
     
 

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When the legal system requires neuropsychological assessments, it frequently puts neuropsychology itself on trial. Indeed, in personal injury litigation - a very visible area of neuropsychology as it relates to the legal field - the validity of judgements (medical and legal) and the competence of persons become extraordinarily important issues. New

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When the legal system requires neuropsychological assessments, it frequently puts neuropsychology itself on trial. Indeed, in personal injury litigation - a very visible area of neuropsychology as it relates to the legal field - the validity of judgements (medical and legal) and the competence of persons become extraordinarily important issues. New neuropsychological techniques emerge as new legislation develops and, while attorneys question the truth of neuropsychological findings, neuropsychologists look at the legal system in a creative and critical way. Neuropsychologists seek to augment and refine traditional assessment tools in response to the complex demands made by the court system. In testimony, neuropsychologists are asked to present complex scientific findings in a language that is not overly technical and not prone to misinterpretation. This book explores many areas of contact between the legal and the neuropsychological fields, and it interests neurologists, neuropsychologists, and neurosurgeons, as well as members of the legal profession.

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Addressed to those in either the mental health or the legal profession who are interested in the theoretical and practical problems that arise when the adequacy of neuropsychological function has a bearing on the outcomes of legal decisions. The ten chapters consider such topics as the nature of neuropsychological assessment, the development of technologically sophisticated computer imaging, efforts in cognitive rehabilitation, and special issues such as dealing with children, or workers' compensation cases. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461277989
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Series:
Springer Series in Neuropsychology
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1991
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

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