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Clin Neuropsychol. 2009 Feb;23(2):286-96. doi: 10.1080/13854040802104873.

Clinical myths of forensic neuropsychology.

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  • 1Psychological Systems, Inc., Royal Oak, MI 48073, USA.


Clinical myths and lore are unfounded beliefs that still influence practice decisions. I examine the validity of six beliefs commonly encountered in forensic neuropsychology practice: the admissibility of test batteries; avoidance of practice effects; forewarning insures good effort; average deficits in bright persons; 15% chronic impairment in mild brain injury; and examiner bias causing malingering. I show these beliefs are invalid because of material misunderstandings of case law and literature, falsification by empirical findings, and lack of authoritative sources. The benefits, costs, and persistence of clinical myths are discussed.

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