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PRANDO, Mirella Liberatore et al. Relation between auditory processing abilities and neuropsychological process in teenagers. Rev. CEFAC [online]. 2010, vol.12, n.4, pp.646-661.  Epub Apr 23, 2010. ISSN 1516-1846.

PURPOSE: to check if there is a relation between the performance in auditory processing tests and in cognitive tasks. METHODS: the sample was made up by 12 teenagers in typical development, all of them high-school students (third year) in private schools from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. They were evaluated through an auditory processing battery as well as with the Brazilian Brief Neuropsychological Assessment Battery NEUPSILIN. Data analyses included Person's correlation and qualitative interests interpretation towards a comparison of the performance in (C)AP's battery and in the neuropsychological assessment. RESULTS: regarding (C)AP's battery, SSI - MCI - Synthetic Sentence Test with ipsilateral competitive message, SSW - Test of Alternated Disyllables and Digit Dicotics tests showed a significant strong positive correlation with NEUPSILIN's subtests that follows: attention - reverse counting, face perception, oral language - automated language and repetition, episodic verbal memory and working memory - auditory word span in sentences. Some (C)AP's tests presented a greater frequency of dissociation when compared to neuropsychological tasks. Correlation index suggest that (C)AP's tests and neuropsychological tasks seem to evaluate some common basic cognitive abilities. The observed dissociation suggest that auditory and neuropsychological processing are partially independent on each other. The interests analysis confirms these results. CONCLUSION: there is a need to rethink about the administration of (C)AP's tests, when it comes to the addition relation between neuropsychological assessment and auditory processing examination.

Keywords : Auditory Perception; Neuropsychological Tests; Neuropsychology; Adolescent.

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