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Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Violent Offender

  • Charles J. Golden
  • Lisa Lashley

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Behavioral Criminology book sub series (BRIEFSBC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Charles J. Golden, Lisa Lashley
    Pages 1-2
  3. Charles J. Golden, Lisa Lashley
    Pages 3-31
  4. Charles J. Golden, Lisa Lashley
    Pages 33-51
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 53-57

About this book

Introduction

The diagnosis of deficits in brain function can have a critical impact on a defendant's verdict and sentencing. But to measure illness or impairment properly--especially when dangerous offenders face lengthy sentences or the death penalty--professionals need to choose tests that satisfy legal as well as clinical concerns. 

Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Violent Offender sorts out the complex issues involved in designing a relevant test battery and conducting an effective evaluation. Geared toward the non-specialist reader, this brief resource synthesizes the database on offender populations and individual case studies to fine-tune approaches to testing in core areas including brain injury, personality, intelligence, cognitive functioning, sensory and motor skills, and attention. Real-world context illustrates how evaluation data may be used in case building--and gamesmanship--by the prosecution or the defense. The resulting volume offers solid guidance on raising standards for how evaluations are done, and for their judicious use by the justice system. Among the issues covered: 

  • The role of client history in forensic neuropsychological testing.
  • The impact of different brain injuries on aggression and offending.
  • Strengths and limitations of brain imaging.
  • Evaluating executive function: beyond scoring.
  • Testing for exaggeration and malingering.
  • Qualifying for neuropsychological work in forensic settings.

Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Violent Offender will interest health care providers, researchers, legislators, and law enforcement personnel in their efforts with this marginalized and understudied population. In addition, this text could be useful for students interested in fields such as criminal justice, psychology, and law.

Keywords

Halstead-Reitan battery Neuropsychological Forensic Evaluations brain imaging brain injury brain injury and crime brain-behavior relationship criminal motivation executive functioning forensic evaluation frontal lobes insanity defense motor functioning neuropsychological test battery neuroradiology personality psychopathy sensory functioning violent offenders

Authors and affiliations

  • Charles J. Golden
    • 1
  • Lisa Lashley
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNova Southeastern UniversityFt. LauderdaleUSA
  2. 2.Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-04792-8
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-04791-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-04792-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8371
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