Guidelines for the scientific and professional development of forensic neuropsychology

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Author list: Verdejo, A., Alcázar-Córcoles, M.A., Gómez-Jarabo, G.A., Pérez-García, M.
Publisher: Cesar Viguera
Publication year: 2004
Journal: Revista de Neurologia (0210-0010)
Volume number: 39
Issue number: 1
Start page: 60
End page: 73
Number of pages: 14
ISSN: 0210-0010
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Abstract

The principal aims of this review are: (a) to offer a perspective of the
principal challenges that forensic neuropsychology handles in its
scientific and professional development, and the empirical advances that
have been developed to deal with these challenges; and (b) analyze the
potential effects of these advances on the application of the discipline
in the Spanish legal system. DEVELOPMENT: With the purpose of reaching
these challenges, a series of methodological strategies and instruments,
along with specific recommendations about the use of currently
available procedures and the development of new procedures, have been
generated within the context of forensic neuropsychology. In this paper,
we will review: the advances carried out in the different issues of
interest that currently handles the development of the discipline,
including: the estimation of premorbid functioning, the development of
base rates and norms for forensic populations, the detection of
malingerers, the ecological validity of instruments, and the creation of
professional practices; we will analyze the potential application of
these advances to the assessment of the Spanish forensic population; and
we will study the principal application areas of forensic
neuropsychology within the Spanish legal context. CONCLUSIONS: Forensic
neuropsychology is an emergent discipline that is placed in a key moment
of its scientific and professional development. This development should
be anchored in the application of specific scientific, professional,
and academic strategies.


Keywords

Clinical psychology, Forensic neuropsychology, Forensic population, Forensic psychology, Malingering


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