Practitioner's bookshelf - Neuropsychology, part I

This month we focus on neuropsychology and neuropsychological assessment

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June 9, 2011—In this recurring feature, we’ll bring you new releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can recommend to your clients. Titles and descriptions come from both the APA Practice Organization’s Amazon Associates Store and APA Books. This month, we focus on neuropsychology, with volumes that cover the fundamentals of neuropsychology and neuropsychological assessment. In the next Practitioner's bookshelf we will continue our focus on neuropsychology, with a look at special populations, business issues and ethics.

Special thanks to John Randolph, PhD, Polly Shepard, PsyD, and Kirmach Natani, PhD, for their contributions to this edition. What other books on neuropsychology have you found helpful and informative? Email us and let us know.

Neuropsychology Resources

General Neuropsychology

Textbook of Clinical Neuropsychology (Studies on Neuropsychology, Neurology and Cognition)
Edited by Joel E. Morgan and Joseph H. Ricker

With close to fifty chapters by some of the most prominent clinical neuropsychologists, the Textbook of Clinical Neuropsychology sets a new standard in the field with its scope, breadth and scholarship. Unlike most other books in neuropsychology, the Textbook is organized primarily around syndromes, disorders and related clinical phenomena. Written for the clinician at all levels of training, from the beginner to the journeyman, the Textbook presents contemporary clinical neuropsychology in a comprehensive volume. Chapters are rich with reviews of the literature and clinical case material spanning a range from pediatric to adult and geriatric disorders. Chapter authors are among the most respected in their field, leaders of American Neuropsychology, known for their scholarship and professional leadership.

Clinical Neuropsychology (4th Ed.)
Edited by Kenneth M. Heilman and Edward Valenstein

Clinical Neuropsychology comprehensively reviews the major neurobehavioral disorders associated with brain dysfunction. Since the third edition appeared in 1993, there have been many advances in the understanding and treatment of neurobehavioral disorders. This edition, like prior editions, describes the classical signs and symptoms associated with the major behavioral disorders such as aphasia, agraphia, alexia, amnesia, apraxia, neglect, executive disorders and dementia. It also discusses advances in assessing, diagnosing and treating these disorders, and it addresses the brain mechanisms underlying these deficits. A multi-authored text, Clinical Neuropsychology has the advantage of having authorities write about the disorders with which they have expertise. The fourth edition adds new authors and five entirely new chapters on phonologic aspects of language disorders, syntactic aspects of language disorders, lexical-semantic aspects of language disorders, anosognosia, hallucinations and related conditions.

Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology
By Bryan Kolb and Ian Q. Whishaw

Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology was the first text to bring a comprehensive introduction to contemporary human neuropsychology to the undergraduate classroom. It gave students access to an extraordinary amount of cutting-edge research and made it coherent, relevant and understandable—with a presentation that reflected the authors’ superb communication and teaching skills. That text returns in an extensively updated new edition that keeps pace with the latest research while maintaining its trademark clarity and student-friendliness. And with its enhanced full-color art program, new case studies, and new companion Web site, the Sixth Edition provides both the most up-to-date understanding of the field and the most effective ways to teach and learn it.

Diagnostic Clinical Neuropsychology (3rd Ed.)
By Erin D. Bigler and Pamelia F. Clement

Diagnostic Clinical Neuropsychology is a handbook for neuropsychological assessment that includes the evaluation of both cognitive and emotional aspects of functioning in the patient with known or suspected brain injury. For this third edition, the book has been updated with over 600 new references, a new chapter on toxic conditions, a glossary and study guides for students. The book is designed as an introduction to the field of neuropsychological assessment for the graduate student and as a shelf reference for the practicing clinician. It begins with overviews of neuroanatomy and the evaluation process, and then looks at neurocognitive syndromes in complete detail. This coverage, including the description of how to conduct a neuropsychological evaluation in patients with these disorders, is the most comprehensive currently available in the field. The book covers many of the hot topic issues in neuropsychology, such as the cortical-subcortical dementia distinction, the differentiation of depression versus dementia, malingering and neuropsychological evaluation in patients with mild head injury.

INS Dictionary of Neuropsychology
Edited by David W. Loring

This dictionary, sponsored by the International Neuropsychological Society, is a practical resource for neuropsychologists, neurologists, speech pathologists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and occupational therapists whose work or research involves patients with nervous system disorders. It is also valuable for students of neuropsychology and related disciplines. The book provides concise definitions of neurobehavioral abnormalities, diseases affecting the nervous system, clinical syndromes, neuropsychological tests, rehabilitation methods, medical procedures, basic neuroscience and other important terms. Its broad scope not only encompasses the approaches, perspectives and practice settings of neuropsychology, but also extends to the related disciplines of neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, neurophysiology, neurology, neuropsychiatry, and experimental and cognitive psychology. In addition to definitions, the dictionary includes other relevant information: abbreviations and acronyms that appear in medical charts and in clinical literature, the terms' origins to illustrate how concepts developed and biographical information on figures who have influenced the understanding of syndromes, diseases and anatomy.

Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases (2nd Ed.)
By Hal Blumenfeld

Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases brings a pioneering interactive approach to the teaching of neuroanatomy, using over 100 actual clinical cases and high-quality radiologic images to bring the subject to life. The second edition is fully updated with the latest advances in the field and includes several exciting new cases. This approach allows students to appreciate the clinical relevance of structural details as they are being learned, and to integrate knowledge of disparate functional systems, since a single lesion may affect several different neural structures and pathways. Most of the book is comprised of chapters that explain the major neuroanatomical systems. Each chapter first presents background material, including an overview of relevant neuroanatomical structures and pathways, and a brief discussion of related clinical disorders. The second half of each chapter is devoted to clinical cases. The cases begin with a narrative of how the patient developed symptoms, and what deficits were found upon neurological examination. Boldface type highlights important symptoms and signs. A series of questions challenges the reader to deduce the neuroanatomical location of the patient’s lesion, and the diagnosis. Discussion and answers follow, and an epilogue reveals the actual outcome. One of the book’s most innovative features is the inclusion of CT and MRI scans that depict each patient’s lesion. These radiographs help the reader develop skills in interpreting the same kinds of diagnostic images employed in clinical practice.

Neuropsychological Assessment

Neuropsychological Assessment
By Muriel D. Lezak, Diane B. Howieson and David W. Loring

Well-known as the "bible" in its field, this text/reference has been thoroughly revised and updated by a team of internationally recognized and clinically experienced neuropsychologists. Drawing on their diverse interests, they provide authoritative, broad-based, and in-depth coverage of current research and clinical practice in neuropsychology. They have not, however, changed the book's overall organization. The first eight chapters present the knowledge base for understanding the principles and practice of patient-oriented, hypothesis-testing neuropsychological assessment. The last 12 chapters review nearly all tests and assessment techniques discussed in previous editions, plus many new ones and recent revisions of older tests. The extent of the updating is apparent from the fact that approximately half of the more than 7,000 references cited appeared since the last edition was published. Many new topics relevant to current assessment practices have been added to the fourth edition. The chapter on examination procedures, for example, now contains sections on cognitive functioning in pain and PTSD patients. The chapter on brain disorders includes new material on electrical/lighting injuries, migraine, Alzheimer's disease and other dementing disorders, and both medical and psychological treatments. The discussion of assessment procedures has been updated throughout to cover recently published test batteries used in general neuropsychological assessment (e.g., mental abilities, memory), newly developed batteries for specific issues (e.g., frontal lobe evaluation) and recent research on older neuropsychological assessment batteries. The fully revised chapter on assessing response bias describes and evaluates more than 60 tests, test combinations and other measures for detecting questionable effort within the context of forensic neuropsychological assessment.

Clinical Neuropsychology: A Pocket Handbook for Assessment
Edited by Peter J. Snyder, Paul D. Nussbaum and Diana L. Robins

Clinical Neuropsychology: A Pocket Handbook for Assessment, Second Edition is a practical reference source for neuropsychologists, interns and trainees working in hospitals. With over 100 quick-reference tables, lists, diagrams, photos and decision trees, this book offers guidance through the complicated decision-making processes of assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Because neuropsychologists now consult in many different health care settings—including emergency rooms, oncology departments, infectious disease programs, cardiology, neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry—having a guide that covers such a broad array of illnesses is absolutely critical. This new edition builds on the success of the best-selling first edition by providing cutting-edge information on how to use and interpret neuroimaging technologies and how to integrate pharmacological approaches into treatment. A new chapter has been included to introduce the busy clinician to the range of established and novel neuroimaging technologies that have seen tremendous technological improvements over the past seven years. In addition, chapters were revised to add more specific information related to the neurochemical bases for various disorders, and when appropriate, more information on currently accepted pharmacologic treatment approaches. The reader will also find other new additions, including chapters on neuro-oncology, schizophrenia, late-life depression and adult ADHD.

Clinician's Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment
Edited by Rodney D. Vanderploeg

Neuropsychological assessment is a difficult and complicated process. Often, experienced clinicians as well as trainees and students gloss over fundamental problems or fail to consider potential sources of error. Since formal test data on the surface appear unambiguous and objective, they may fall into the habit of overemphasizing tests and their scores and underemphasizing all the factors that affect the validity, reliability and interpretability of test data. But interpretation is far from straightforward, and a pragmatic application of assessment results requires attention to a multitude of issues. This long-awaited, updated and greatly expanded second edition of the Clinician's Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment, like the first, focuses on the clinical practice of neuropsychology. Orienting readers to the entire multitude of issues, it guides them step by step through evaluation and helps them avoid common misconceptions, mistakes and methodological pitfalls. It is divided into three sections: fundamental elements of the assessment process; special issues, settings and populations; and new approaches and methodologies. The authors, all of whom are actively engaged in the clinical practice of neuropsychological assessment, as well as in teaching and research, do an outstanding job of integrating the academic and the practical. The Clinician's Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment, Second Edition will be welcomed as a text for graduate courses but also as an invaluable hands-on handbook for interns, postdoctoral fellows and experienced neuropsychologists alike.

A Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests: Administration, Norms, and Commentary
By Esther Strauss, Elisabeth M. S. Sherman and Otfried Spreen

For the practicing neuropsychologist or researcher, keeping up with the sheer number of newly published or updated tests is a challenge, as is evaluating the utility and psychometric properties of neuropsychological tests in a clinical context. The goal of the third edition of A Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests, a well-established neuropsychology reference text, is twofold. First, the Compendium is intended to serve as a guidebook that provides a comprehensive overview of the essential aspects of neuropsychological assessment practice. Second, it is intended as a comprehensive sourcebook of critical reviews of major neuropsychological assessment tools for use by practicing clinicians and researchers. Written in a comprehensive, easy-to-read reference format, and based on exhaustive review of research literature in neuropsychology, neurology, psychology and related disciplines, the book covers topics such as basic aspects of neuropsychological assessment, as well as the theoretical background, norms, and the utility, reliability and validity of neuropsychological tests. For this third edition, all chapters have been extensively revised and updated. The text has been considerably expanded to provide a comprehensive yet practical overview of the state of the field. Two new chapters have been added: "Psychometrics in Neuropsychological Assessment" and "Norms in Psychological Assessment." The first two chapters present basic psychometric concepts and principles. Chapters three and four consider practical aspects of the history-taking interview and the assessment process itself. Chapter five provides guidelines on report-writing and chapters six through sixteen consist of detailed, critical reviews of neuropsychological tests, and address the topics of intelligence, achievement, executive function, attention, memory, language, visual perception, somatosensory olfactory function, mood/personality and response bias. A unique feature is the inclusion of tables that summarize salient features of tests within each domain so that readers can easily compare measures. Additional tables within each test review summarize important features of each test, highlight aspects of each normative dataset and provide an overview of psychometric properties. Of interest to neuropsychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, and educational and clinical psychologists working with adults as well as pediatric populations, this volume will aid practitioners in selecting appropriate testing measures for their patients, and will provide them with the knowledge needed to make empirically supported interpretations of test results.

Handbook of Normative Data for Neuropsychological Assessment
By Maura Mitrushina, Kyle B. Boone, Jill Razani and Louis F. D'Elia

When the Handbook of Normative Data for Neuropsychological Assessment was published in 1999, it was the first book to provide neuropsychologists with summaries and critiques of normative data for neuropsychological tests. The second edition, which has been revised and updated throughout, presents data for 26 commonly used neuropsychological tests, including: Trailmaking, Color Trails, Stroop Color Word Interference, Auditory Consonant Trigrams, Paced Auditory Serial Addition, Ruff 2 and 7, Digital Vigilance, Boston Naming, Verbal Fluency, Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure, Hooper Visual Fluency, Design Fluency, Tactual Performance, Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised, Rey Auditory-Verbal learning, Hopkins Verbal Learning, WHO/UCLA Auditory Verbal Learning, Benton Visual Retention, Finger Tapping, Grip Strength (Dynamometer), Grooved Pegboard, Category and Wisconsin Card Sorting tests. In addition, California Verbal Learning (CVLT and CVLT-II), CERAD List Learning, and selective Reminding Tests, as well as the newest version of the Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS-III and WMS-IIIA), are reviewed. Locator tables throughout the book guide the reader to the sets of normative data that are best suited to each individual case, depending on the demographic characteristics of the patient, and highlight the advantages associated with using data for comparative purposes. Those using the book have the option of reading the authors' critical review of the normative data for a particular test, or simply turning to the appropriate data locator table for a quick reference to the relevant data tables in the Appendices. The second edition includes reviews of 15 new tests. The way the data are presented has been changed to make the book easier to use. Meta-analytic tables of predicted values for different ages (and education, where relevant) are included for nine tests that have a sufficient number of homogeneous datasets.

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