Articles of Interest
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.
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, does this apply from birth?
The Rey 15-Item Test of Malingering
The Rey 15-Item (FIT) test was designed as a malingering test, but research has shown that it's sensitivity and specificity is greatly increased with the addition of a Recognition Form (Boone, Salazar, & Razini, 2002).
Detecting Malingering from the RAVLT Test
Boone, Lu and Wen (2005) investigated several scores of the RAVLT and their effectiveness on detecting malingering. In their study, they compared the performances of non-malingering neurological patients, a non-malingering control group of healthy individuals and a patient group who met the study's criteria for malingering.
Depression, Dementia and Delirium: Differential Diagnosis
Common symptoms make diagnosis difficult and time-consuming. Only applying the individual diagnostic criteria for each of the above will not guarantee an accurate diagnosis, and runs the risk of misdiagnosis.
Victoria Stroop Test (VST): A Freely Available Test of Executive Function
In this article is a description of how to make the test and how to administer it, followed a set of Westernised norms for persons aged 18 - 94 years, and one non-Westernised group of norms.
Do Children Malinger?
Do children malinger? They may perform sub-optimally due to fatigue or low motivation, for example, but are they able to feign cognitive impairment on neuropsychological tests?
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).
Brain Dissection Demonstration
Coenie Hattingh of the University of Cape Town put together a video of a brain dissection that clearly shows, amongst other things, the emotional circuits of the brain.