A Hypothesis-Testing Approach to Assessment

  • Kevin W. Walsh
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


Neuropsychological evaluation is no longer limited to earlier considerations of “brain damage” or of regional diagnosis. Present-day emphasis, instead, is on an understanding of the ways in which psychological functions are compromised or spared by neurological disorders. One goal of such an evaluation is to provide a basis for developing strategies of compensation or retraining, which will allow the individual with acquired deficits to function more effectively. Thus, there is a need for flexibility to cover all types of cases likely to be presented. Hypothesis-testing methodology is seen as an efficient way to pursue this aim. Centered on the examination of single cases, it regards clinical neuropsychology as an applied science. As such, it calls on all relevant knowledge from neuropsychology and related disciplines, such as neurology and neuropathology, as well as cognate areas of psychology.


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  • Kevin W. Walsh
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  1. 1.Austin HospitalMelbourneAustralia

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