Tests of Higher Cognitive Function

  • Michael D. Franzen
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


The Porteus Maze Test is a series of increasingly difficult mazes, which the manual states are designed to examine the ability to use “planning capacity, prudence, and mental alertness in a new situation of a concrete nature” (Golden, 1978b). The manual also asserts that performance on the test is affected by “impulsiveness, suggestibility, irresolution, and excitability” (p. 1). The user is told to expect practice effects, but not to worry about their presence because practice is built into the test. The Porteus has held fascination for clinical neuropsychologists for a long time. It has often been used as a dependent measure in experimental and clinical investigation, but its diagnostic utility is largely unknown.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. Franzen
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  1. 1.Allegheny General Hospital and Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann UniversityPittsburghUSA

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