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Neuropsychological assessment of executive functions: methodological questions / Avaliação neuropsicológica das funções executivas: considerações metodológicas

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Author(s): Amer Cavalheiro Hamdan | Ana Paula de Almeida Pereira

Journal: Psicologia : Reflexão e Crítica
ISSN 0102-7972

Volume: 22;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 386;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Neuropsychology | Neuropsychological tests | Frontal lobe

ABSTRACT
The article aims to review methodological and conceptual issues related to neuropsychological assessment of executive functions. The main limitations and dichotomies of current studies related to executive functions are presented and the importance of theoretical support to validate the instruments and their clinical interpretation are discussed. There is still the need of additional evidences on executive functions that allow a complete understanding of all the processes involved. Finally, it is suggested the adoption of a specific model that may guide the study of the executive functions.
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