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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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HAMDAN, Amer Cavalheiro  and  PEREIRA, Ana Paula de Almeida. Neuropsychological assessment of executive functions: methodological questions. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.3, pp. 386-393. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722009000300009.

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.

Keywords : Neuropsychology; Neuropsychological tests; Frontal lobe.

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