Item Interpretation of the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery

Item Interpretation of the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery

Item Interpretation of the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery

Item Interpretation of the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery

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This book is the first in a series designed to aid the neuropsychologist in interpreting the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery. Although the Luria-Nebraska battery is relatively new compared with other neurodiagnostic tests, neuropsychologists have shown great interest in it, and there is a large and growing demand for interpretive material on the more advanced aspects of its interpretation. This book is the first response to that demand and will serve, we hope, to give the reader a greater understanding of the psychological skills that underlie each item on the test, a knowledge absolutely necessary to employing the more advanced techniques of "syndrome analysis" as described in the writings of Luria (1966, 1973).

The book is not intended either as an introduction to neuropsychology or an introduction to the Luria-Nebraska battery. We assume that the reader is familiar with the test and the test items, along with the test manual and the basic research data available on the test. We also assume a grounding in basic areas of neuropsychological interpretation and specifically with the skills involved in the objective analysis of the Luria-Nebraska battery.

For those without such a background, we strongly recommend gaining familiarity with the The Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery: A Manual for Clinical and Experimental Uses (Golden, Purish, & Hammeke, 1980), The Working Brain (Luria, 1973), Diagnosis and Rehabilitation in Clinical Neuropsychology (Golden, 1978), Clinical Interpretation of Objective Psychological Tests, (Golden, 1979), as well as obtaining a background in basic aspects of neuropsychology.

The reader should also be familiar with the administration and scoring of the items of the Luria-Nebraska and should have given the test frequently enough to be familiar with the items as they are referred to in the text. (Appendix A describes the items briefly to help readers refresh their memories in specific cases.) Except for special instructions and reminders of item content, there is no reference to topics covered in the test manual.

The major part of this book is an analysis of the . . .

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