Cross-cultural neuropsychological assessment: theory and by Victor Nell

By Victor Nell

This can be a publication for all neuropsychologists who're referred to as upon to evaluate culturally diverse clients--with only a few exceptions this day, this suggests each neuropsychologist. In Minneapolis as in Oslo, migrant and refugee minorities elevate review and try validity difficulties that can not be missed. To deal realistically with the matter of doing neuropsychological checks with no norms, Nell describes the rules of a "behavioral neuropsychology," after which units out interview, try out, and interpretation equipment that might permit clinicians to supply legitimate and prognostically exact tests. For operating neuropsychologists, this is often an intensely useful, how-to-do-it ebook. yet not like different hands-on publications, it lays a magnificent ancient and theoretical beginning for the perform of cross-cultural neuropsychology. It hence speaks to severe practitioners who must be yes that their review findings usually are not in simple terms right, but in addition sufficiently well-grounded to face as much as expert scrutiny and to forensic checking out in a court docket of legislation.

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3 . . If this were not so, the talk of "one mankind" and of "equal opportunities for all" would not make sense. It must be possible, we thought, to demonstrate this by suitable experiments, including cognitive performance tests. Intelligence, too, as far as it is not preconditioned by particular beliefs and traditions, or programmed in a language very different 3Twenty years later, with unintended irony, Scarr (1978) wrote that "there is no IQ test that will show our common humanity because each is bound to the culture from which the particular sample of knowledge and skills is drawn" (p.

Chapter 6 argues for a behavioral assessment method that is latent in all neuropsychology; in underresourced settings, this behavioral neuropsychology is a readily transferable technology that opens the way to the wider dissemination of neuropsychological diagnosis and treatment. Part III is practical. Chapters 7 and 8 set out the content and method of the behavioral assessment; chapters 9 and 10 do the same for the testing process. Chapter 9 builds on Vygotsky's notion of the zone of proximal development in order to set in motion a testing method that is kindly and helpful rather than intimidating and distant.

The wily emics lurk in the indigenous etic woodlands (see Footnote 1, p. 86), and will be flushed out of hiding by indigenous researchers launching their own substantial score-gathering projects for local populations on core neuropsychological tests, with standardized quantitative methods used to report the principal moderator variables of the test scores of culturally different clients. These are education, language proficiency, and test-wiseness, as well as the stimulus value of the environment (of which urbanization is one aspect).

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