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Neuropsychological assessment of monolingual Spanish-speaking people in the United States is both a common practice and an ethical dilemma. Lack of appropriate tests, the absence of norms, use of interpreters, and the multiplicity of in-house translations of commonly used measures add to the problem of accurate assessment. This paper helps address the lack(More)
The Wisconsin Card Sorting Test, Stroop Test, Verbal Fluency (FAS), and Auditory Consonant Trigrams are commonly used measures of prefrontal lobe dysfunction. However, insufficient data are available regarding the specific functions assessed by these tests and the relationship of the tests to each other. These four tests, as well as measures of IQ, memory,(More)
The Neuropsychological Screening Battery for Hispanics (NeSBHIS; Pontón et al., 1996) was developed to provide clinicians and researchers with appropriate tests and norms to assess the Latino population. However, the construct validity of the NeSBHIS is unclear, and its clinical utility is untested. This study provides data on the construct validity of this(More)
This article examines patterns of legal American immigration (migrations to the United States from abroad) and their direct impact on the acquisition of neuropsychological (NP) normative data for Hispanics. The nonrandom and selective nature of these migrations, and their accompanying demographic attributes, are shown to significantly influence the(More)
This article discusses neuropsychology within the Spanish-speaking world; it reviews its recent history, existing efforts, and future directions. It also addresses the practice of neuropsychology with Hispanics in the United States and posits that it should take into account the heterogeneity of this population (the largest minority group in the country).(More)
The authors report 2 clinical cases that illustrate the difficulties with video-monitored EEG and the advantages of brain SPECT in differential diagnosis of true epileptic seizures and nonepileptic seizures. Injection of [99mTc]HMPAO at the time of the ictal event provides a means to obtain a SPECT image postictally for comparison with interictal(More)
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