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Assessment of Feigned Cognitive Impairment

A Neuropsychological Perspective

Edited by Kyle Brauer Boone

Guilford Press – 2008 – 481 pages

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Comprehensive and user friendly, this book synthesizes the growing literature on symptom feigning in cognitive testing and translates it into evidence-based recommendations for clinical and forensic practice. A wide range of cognitive effort assessment techniques and strategies are critically reviewed, including both dedicated measures and the use of embedded indicators in standard clinical tests. The book describes approaches to distinguishing between credible and noncredible performance in specific clinical populations: persons presenting with head injury, chronic pain and fatigue, attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder and learning disability, mental retardation, seizures, and exposure to environmental toxins. Special topics include the potentially confounding effects of psychiatric disorder and ethnocultural factors on effort testing, and cognitive assessment in the criminal forensic setting.

Reviews

"It is not possible to imagine a competent, ethical practitioner of forensic neuropsychology who should not read this book or one who would not routinely use it in day-to-day practice…. With the research literature so handily summarized, and recommendations for practical use that follow logically, it is likely that this will become a desk-side companion for practitioners." – Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society

"Offers quantitative, actuarial decision formulas based on empirical evidence for assessing malingering…. We believe that this book has genuinely improved the scientific quality and diagnostic accuracy of our clinical assessments." – PsycCRITIQUES

"A timely and welcome addition to the field of symptom exaggeration and fabrication, an area that has been relatively neglected, traditionally fraught with methodical difficulties, and, until recently, limited by a lack of suitable evaluation measures…. One of its strengths lies in the practice recommendations made by the various contributors. Highly recommended." – Cognitive Neuropsychiatry

"This is an excellent book that provides state-of-the-art perspectives on assessing and determining noncredible neuropsychological performance. The book suggests advances beyond the pejorative and sometimes simplistic term 'malingering,' looking instead at both conscious and nonconscious motives for poor performance. Contributors review an astonishing array of techniques and strategies for detecting noncredible performance on symptom validity tests and clinical measures. Proposing novel nomenclature and conceptual thinking, this volume will help move the field forward in this important area of research and practice." - Wilfred G. van Gorp, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, USA

"This comprehensive work features contributions by many of the best-known people in the field. Covering assessment of diverse groups - including persons with psychogenic seizures, criminal forensic examinees, and cultural and linguistic minority group members - this will be a useful text for graduate-level courses and a resource for practicing clinicians." - Laurence M. Binder, PhD, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University, USA

"Boone and her colleagues effectively review a large selection of clinical circumstances that require neuropsychological assessment of feigned cognitive impairment, and thoroughly examine a broad range of tests used for that purpose. The book is filled with thoughtful exploration of current issues attending assessment of feigning. This comprehensive text will become an essential reference for neuropsychologists and other forensic clinicians." - Richard I. Frederick, PhD, United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, Springfield, Missouri, USA

"Boone is well known for her innovative research on assessment of response bias, making her an ideal editor for this comprehensive volume. The section on effort testing in various clinical populations is important, for it focuses not only on feigned impairment in different clinical disorders, but also on correct identification of legitimately impaired patients who are manifesting valid test performance. This book will be a valuable asset to the practicing clinician, and it is also appropriate for use as a text in advanced graduate and postdoctoral clinical training." - Glenn J. Larrabee, PhD, private practice, Sarasota, Florida, USA

Contents

Part 1. Symptom Fabrication: Social and Biological Perspectives. Stone, Boone, Feigning of Physical, Psychiatric, and Cognitive Symptoms: Examples from History, the Arts, and Animal Behavior. Kingery, Schretlen, Functional Neuroimaging of Deception and Malingering. Part 2. Cognitive Effort Assessment Techniques and Strategies. Boone, A Reconsideration of the Slick et al. (1999) Criteria for Malingered Neurocognitive Dysfunction. Green, Spoiled for Choice: Making Comparisons between Forced-Choice Effort Tests. Nitch, Glassmire, Non-Forced-Choice Measures to Detect Noncredible Cognitive Performance. Babikian, Boone, Intelligence Tests as Measures of Effort. Lu, Rogers, Boone, Use of Standard Memory Tests to Detect Suspect Effort. Sweet, Nelson, Validity Indicators within Executive Function Measures: Use and Limits in Detection of Malingering. Arnold, Boone, Use of Motor and Sensory Tests as Measures of Effort. Greiffenstein, Fox, Lees-Haley, The MMPI-2 Fake Bad Scale in Detection of Noncredible Brain Injury Claims. Part 3. Cognitive Effort Testing in Various Clinical Populations. Meyers, Malingering Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Behavioral Approaches Used by Both Malingering Actors and Probable Malingerers. Suhr, Spickard, Including Measures of Effort in Neuropsychological Assessment of Pain- and Fatigue-Related Medical Disorders: Clinical and Research Implications. Goldberg, Back-Madruga, Boone, The Impact of Psychiatric Disorders on Cognitive Symptom Validity Test Scores. Victor, Boone, Identification of Feigned Mental Retardation. Williamson, Drane, Stroup, Symptom Validity Tests in the Epilepsy Clinic. Alfano, Boone, The Use of Effort Tests in the Context of Actual versus Feigned Attention-Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disability. McCaffrey,Yantz, Cognitive Complaints in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Toxic Mold Syndrome. Salazar, Lu, Wen, Boone, The Use of Effort Tests in Ethnic Minorities and in Non-English-Speaking and English as a Second Language Populations. Denney, Assessment of Malingering in Criminal Forensic Neuropsychological Settings. Rohling, Boone, Future Directions in Effort Assessment.

Author Bio

Edited by Kyle Brauer Boone, PhD, UCLA School of Medicine and Harbor -

Name: Assessment of Feigned Cognitive Impairment: A Neuropsychological Perspective (Hardback)Guilford Press 
Description: Edited by Kyle Brauer Boone. Comprehensive and user friendly, this book synthesizes the growing literature on symptom feigning in cognitive testing and translates it into evidence-based recommendations for clinical and forensic practice. A wide range of cognitive effort assessment...
Categories: Cognitive Neuropsychology, Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychiatry