By William B. Barr, Chris Morrison

This up to date source deals clinicians a skills-based framework for evaluation and remedy of cognitive and emotional difficulties linked to epilepsy, utilizing present proof and standardized terminology. specialist assurance studies widely-used equipment for comparing key facets of sufferer functioning (MRI, MEG, electrocortical mapping, the Wada test), and offers instructions for psychotherapeutic and cognitive remediation suggestions in treating comorbid psychiatric stipulations. Given the range of the sufferer inhabitants, extra chapters highlight concerns particular to subgroups together with excessive- and low-functioning in addition to geriatric and pediatric sufferers. This integrative hands-on process advantages beginner and veteran practitioners throughout scientific and neurological settings looking information on trying out, therapy making plans, and surgery-related issues.

Topics featured within the Handbook:

  • Neuropsychological evaluation around the lifespan.
  • Evaluating the epilepsy surgical candidate: equipment and procedures.
  • The Wada attempt: present views and applications.
  • Assessing psychiatric and character problems within the epilepsy patient.
  • Evaluation and administration of psychogenic non-epileptic attacks.
  • Neuropsychological review with culturally various patients.

Practical and versatile in its insurance, the Handbook at the Neuropsychology of Epilepsy serves not just neuropsychologists and neurologists but additionally fundamental care physicians corresponding to internists, family members physicians, and pediatricians.

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A formal evaluation of a wide range of somatosensory tasks, including manual extinction, graphesthesia, finger gnosis, and stereognosis, can be accomplished through the use of the Reitan-Klove Sensory Perceptual Examination (Reitan & Wolfson, 1985). Evaluation of these functions can be helpful when the examiner wants to go beyond assessment of motor functions for assessment of lateralized symptoms or when there is a suspected focus in parietal regions adjacent to the post-central gyrus. Language Neuropsychologists commonly begin their assessment of language functions in patients with epilepsy by examining the profile of performance on the Wechsler scales.

B. Barr more severe forms of epilepsy. Performance on the Grooved Pegboard Test has also been demonstrated to be a measure that is sensitive to detecting psychomotor slowing associated with antiepileptic drug treatment (Meador, Loring, Huh, Gallagher, & King, 1990). Additional measures of motor functioning, such as the Finger Tapping Test and Hand Dynamometer, can also be added to the neuropsychological test battery to determine the presence of consistent lateralized performance decrements, although these tests have been shown to be less sensitive to detecting subtle motor deficits in this population (Klove & Matthews, 1966).

Further work in developing valid tests for assessment of nonverbal memory is clearly needed. Performance Validity Testing There has been an increasing trend in the field of neuropsychology to include tests of validity, effort, and response bias when administering a clinical test battery. A distinction is now made between performance validity tests (PVTs), which are measures designed to evaluate the validity of cognitive test performance, and symptom validity tests (SVTs), which are scales used to evaluate the validity and response biases in relation to symptom reporting (Larrabee, 2012).

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