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Article Title

The Utilization of the Search Function of the Scoring Website for the Handbook of Normative Data for Neuropsychological Assessment for Research of Underserved Populations

Publication Date

4-30-2015

Keywords

neuroscience, cognition

Abstract

Background/Aims: Clinicians and neuroscience researchers are still faced with the cumbersome task of searching through handbooks, journals and online databases to search for neuropsychological norms when assessing individuals on neuropsychological measures, specifically those from diverse populations.

Methods: In order to make the acquisition of neuropsychological normative data more simple and efficient, and to increase the validity of appropriate neuropsychological measures for specific populations, the Handbook of Normative Data for Neuropsychological Assessment (Mitrushina et al., 2005) has now been computerized and is easily accessible online. A specific search function (http://npnorms.com/search) in the computerized database allows a clinician to input demographic information (e.g. age, education, gender identity, country of origin and language) to determine what norms are available for some of the most common neuropsychological measures used (e.g. Trail Making Test, Color Trails Test, Stroop, Grooved Pegboard and Wisconsin Card Sorting Test).

Results: This newly developed, Internet-based program allows the examiner to fill in demographic information to find the appropriate measures to administer to a specific client. Additionally, this Internet tool can be utilized for research purposes in determining where important normative data is lacking for at-risk individuals.

Discussion: Since all information is consolidated in one location and consistently updated to reflect available research on culturally appropriate measures and normative data, this is particularly useful and efficient for neuroscientists who are both conducting research and are providing clinical care, particularly those who see underserved minority groups.

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