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Date of Award

12-17-2004

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

M. Daniel, PhD

Second Advisor

K. Brockwood, PhD

Abstract

An important aspect of many neuropsychological assessments is differentiation of lesion laterality. Research has shown that tests of verbal and nonverbal memory are sensitive to left and right hemisphere damage, respectively. This study examines whether scores on the Logical Memory (LM) and Visual Reproduction (VR) subtests of the Wechsler Memory Scale-III (WMS-III) reliably differentiate between subjects with left versus right hemisphere lesions in a clinical population with known lesion laterality. Results indicate that LM and VR were not differentially sensitive to lesion laterality in this group. However, the lack of significant differences between groups may be attributable to other characteristics of the sample such as advanced age or pattern of intrahemispheric brain damage.

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