Neuropsychological Assessment: an overview of modern tendencies (dedicated to 110-th anniversary of A.R. Luria)



Current contribution considers different approaches to neuropsychological testing in western (primarily North-American) tradition. The article compares Lurian qualitative approach to the assessment of cognitive disorders in patients and popular western approaches such as Psychometric approach, Localizational approach, Cognitive approaches, Flexible approach to tests selection, and Boston process approach. Special attention is paid to Ecological approach, in particular, a ranked list of most popular ecological tests is provided. The article presents results of surveys among clinical psychologists from the USA and Canada concerning their most preferred neuropsychological tests, a list of five most popular tests for each cognitive domain is provided. Since surveys of popularity of psychological tests among psychologists in the USA and Canada are done regularly between 1980 and 2012, analysis of this data allows to see the dynamics of tests selection within the last 30 years.

General Information

Keywords: neuropsychological assessment, qualitative and quantitative approaches to the assessment, western neuropsychological tests, ecologically oriented tests

Journal rubric: Theoretical Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Akhutina T.V., Melikyan Z.A. Neuropsychological Assessment: an overview of modern tendencies (dedicated to 110-th anniversary of A.R. Luria) [Elektronnyi resurs]. Klinicheskaia i spetsial'naia psikhologiia = Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2012. Vol. 1, no. 2 (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Tatiana V. Akhutina, Doctor of Psychology, leading research assistant of the laboratory of neuropsychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Zarui A. Melikyan, PhD in Psychology, Moscow State University named after M.V.Lomonosov, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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