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 the 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.
Reviewer:Christopher J. Graver, PhD(Madigan Army Medical Center)
Description:This is an essential book on the state of neuropsychological instruments and associated normative data. This third edition provides substantial additional information and updates.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide critical information regarding a wide variety of neuropsychological instruments. The book informs practitioners of test characteristics and normative data, and provides a general overview of important issues in neuropsychological assessment.
Audience:It is directly aimed at practicing neuropsychologists and clinical psychology students/trainees with an interest in neuropsychological assessment. Neurologists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and school psychologists also may find it useful.
Features:The book begins with an overview of practical issues in neuropsychological assessment that includes basic psychometrics, norms selection, history taking, test selection, and report writing. The chapters on psychometrics and norm selection are new for this edition. The remainder of the book is dedicated to covering neuropsychological instruments indexed by cognitive domain. Also included is a section on psychopathology, personality, and adaptive functioning. Each instrument has information about its purpose, administration instructions, scoring rules, demographic influences, normative data, reliability and validity, and comments on special issues or limitations. The normative data are presented in tables, making it easy to reference. In addition, summary tables are provided to make between-test comparisons straightforward. The references for each instrument are listed immediately following that section and are generally extensive and current. Notably, there has been an expansion of the number of instruments covered in all sections, except for the section addressing the assessment of response bias, which remains rather paltry.
Assessment:The second edition was an exceptional book that could be found in almost any neuropsychology office. The third edition continues this excellence and is a worthy companion to such indispensable texts as Neuropsychological Assessment, 4th edition, Lezak, Howieson, and Loring (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Clinical Neuropsychology: A Pocket Handbook for Assessment, Snyder, Robins, and Nussbaum (American Psychological Association, 2005). The third edition is significantly updated and expanded and is worth the price, even for owners of previous editions.