Articles of Interest
Digit Span Embedded Malingering Tests
Digit Span Embedded Malingering Tests There are two malingering scores that can be calculated from the Digit Span subtest: The Age-Correlated Scaled Score and the Reliable Digit Span. Digit Span Age-Correlated Scaled Score The Digit Span subtest of …...
Hand Preference and Performance in Children
Hand Preference and Performance in Children As psychologists practicing in the field of neuropsychology, we make certain assumptions about hand preference. We know that most adults are right-handed, but does the same apply to children, and if so, do …...
The Rey 15-Item Test of Malingering
The Rey 15-Item Test of Malingering The Rey 15-Item (FIT) test was developed by Andre Rey (1964) and adapted by Lezak (1983). It was designed as a malingering test, but research has shown that it’s sensitivity and specificity is greatly increased wi …...
Detecting Malingering from the RAVLT Test
Detecting Malingering from the RAVLT Test The Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT) is one of the most popular tests among South African psychologists doing neuropsychological assessments (Truter, et al., in press). It is a test of verbal learni …- Posted March 23, 2017
Depression, Dementia and Delirium: Differential Diagnosis
Depression, Dementia and Delirium: Differential Diagnosis by Robert van der Westhuizen Introduction Due to the prevalence of dementia , “1%-2% at age 65 years and as high as 30% by age 85 years,” (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2013), del …...
Victoria Stroop Test (VST): A Freely Available Test of Executive Function
Victoria Stroop Test (VST): A Freely Available Test of Executive Function There are several different versions of the Stroop test, a test of cognitive flexibility, an executive function. The Victoria Stroop Test (VST) is in the public domain. This m …...
Do Children Malinger?
Do Children Malinger? Some research shows that as many as 30% – 40% of adults, who are evaluated in the context of litigation, are thought to feign impairments. Concerns about this has led to much research to find ways to confidently detect malinger …...
Examples of Neuropsychological Reports
Even experienced neuropsychologists can improve their report-writing skills by carefully considering the reports of other experienced neuropsychologists. In this article, reports of a few well-respected South African psychologists are provided, for learning purposes.
Phonemic Fluency Test
Helen Ferrett published an article in 2014 in the International Journal of Testing* that demonstrated that when trying to test phonemic fluency in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa-speaking individuals in South Africa, it is inadvisable to use the conventional letters of the Controlled Oral Word Association Test (COWA or COWAT). She indicated that the letter groups PRW and CFL are commonly used, although in the writer's experience, the letter group FAS is commonly used, with an Afrikaans version of VAS also being administered.
Brain Dissection Demonstration
We are fortunate to have the local skills of Coenie Hattingh of the University of Cape Town who has put together a video of a brain dissection that clearly shows, amongst other things, the emotional circuits of the brain. This video is an excellent learning and teaching tool and Coenie Hattingh has been kind enough to have the video place on You Tube for the education of all who are interested.