Psychological Testing: History, Principles, and Applications / Edition 6

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For junior/senior level undergraduate courses in Psychological Testing / Assessment. Designed to teach students about the characteristics, objectives, and wide-ranging effects of psychological testing.

In addition to the breadth of coverage of traditional topics, the sixth edition of Psychological Testing provides detailed presentations on neuropsychological and geriatric assessment, the early uses and abuses of testing, assessment of learning disabilities, testing in special settings, race differences in IQ, and cheating on national group achievement tests. The author also describes and critiques the latest versions of the most widely used tests, examine the subtleties of the testing process, and explores the value-laden issues surrounding the wisdom of testing.

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Surveys the characteristics, objectives, and effects of psychological testing, covering traditional topics such as norms, standardization, and test construction as well as the history of testing, the tester/testee relationship, and neuropsychological assessment. Chapters on tests in areas including intellectual achievement and industrial-organization, vocational, and personality testing include summaries plus key terms and concepts. Includes sources for tests. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205782147
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/4/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 696
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Gregory earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota where he absorbed a healthy respect for the value of empiricism in psychological testing. He taught at the University of Idaho for 23 years where he also developed a private practice in assessment. In his practice, he specialized in the evaluation of intellectual disability and cognitive impairment. His academic research centers on assessment topics such as subtle cognitive differences in left-handers, the impact of subclinical lead exposure on intelligence, the psychometric qualities of a wide variety of cognitive and personality tests, and meta-analysis. He has taught psychological assessment for almost 40 years. He has been professor of psychology at Wheaton College (Illinois) for fifteen years, including six years as department chair, and five years as director of their doctoral program (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology.
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Table of Contents



1. Applications and Consequences of Psychological Testing

1A. The Nature and Uses of Psychological Tests

1B. Ethical and Social Implications of Testing

2. The History of Psychological Testing

2A. The Origins of Psychological Testing

2B. Early Testing in the United States

3. Norms and Reliability

3A. Norms and Test Standardization

3B. Concepts of Reliability

4. Validity and Test Development

4A. Basic Concepts of Validity

4B. Test Construction

5. Theories and Individual Tests of Intelligence and Achievement

5A: Theories of Intelligence and Factor Analysis

5B. Individual Tests and Intelligence and Achievement

6. Group Tests and Controversies

6A: GroupTests of Ability and Related Concepts

6B. Test Bias and Other Controversies

7. Testing Special Populations

7A. Infant and Preschool Assessment

7B. Testing Persons with Disabilities

8. Origins of Personality Test

8A. Theories of Personality and Projective Techniques

8B. Self Report and Behavioral Assessment of Psychopathology

9. Assessment of Normality and Human Strengths

9A. Assessment within the Normal Spectrum

9B. Positive Psychological Assessment

10. Neuropsychological and Assessment and Screening

10A. A Primer of Neurobiological Concepts

10B. Neuropsychological Tests, Batteries, and Screening Tools

11. Industrial, Occupational and Forensic Assessment

11A. Industrial and Organizational Assessment

11B. Forensic Applications of Assessment

12. Legal Issues and the Future of Testing

12A. Psychological Testing and the Law

12B. Computerized Assessment and the Future of Testing


Appendix A. Major Landmarks in History of Psychological Testing

Appendix B. Test Publisher Addresses

Appendix C. Major Tests and Their Publishers

Appendix D. Standard Scores, etc.

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