Neuropsychology has change into an more and more lively participant in forensie points over the previous decade. This has been the results of elevated recognition by psychologists of the potential function they’ll play in evaluating sufferers concerned in lawsuits and the rising sophistication of legal professionals who’ve acknowledged that damages can transcend claims of bodily and motoric impairment. Nevertheless, this improve in involvement has not all the time been matched by a extra subtle recognition of how the consumer (whether or not plaintiff or defendant) can greatest be served by the neuropsychologist. I’ve personally seen or reviewed many circumstances through which the psychologists concerned didn’t successfully current their case. This partially occurred as a result of they failed to acknowledge the distinction in shows aimed toward medical audiences and people aimed toward a authorized continuing. It additionally occurred as a result of they failed to acknowledge that the usual of proof mandatory could be very totally different in a hospital and in a courtroom. Lastly, it occurred as a result of they hardly ever acknowledged what the distinctive function of the psychologist could be in both countering or supporting the testimony of medical specialists. The aim of this quantity is to carry some mild on these questions. The shows listed here are write-ups of the work introduced on the Third Annual Convention on the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery held in Omaha throughout Might, 1985. All the papers emphasize the function of the Luria-Nebraska however the concepts can be utilized with nearly any check.
Charles J. Golden, Mary Ann Strider