Qualitative and Quantitative Neuropsychological Assessment: A False Dichotomy

Authors

  • Jordi Peña-Casanova Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15826/Lurian.2021.2.3.13

Abstract

Neuropsychological examination tries to define the state of the mental capacities of patients with brain injury. Traditionally, a dichotomy is established between qualitative and quantitative (psychometric) evaluations. Luria’s qualitative evaluation is frequently opposed to “western” psychometric approaches. After reviewing a series of topics (symptoms due to brain lesions, assessment objectives, functional brain model, complex functional systems, and the metric characteristics of neuropsychological variables), it is concluded that a good neuropsychological assessment requires both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Author Biography

Jordi Peña-Casanova, Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Jordi Peña-Casanova, MD, Director Emeritus, Section of Behavioral Neurology, Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute; Autonomous University of Barcelona.
66, Dr. Aiguader, 08003, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Published

2021-11-05

Issue

Section

Research Papers