Neuropsychological test performance of Spanish speakers : is performance similar across different Spanish speaking subgroups?

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Annelly Bure-Reyes (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Antonio Puente

Abstract: The present study compared different subgroups of Spanish speakers in their performance on neuropsychological tasks. In order to address the issue of potential cultural differences, different Spanish speaking subgroups from three different countries were compared on five neuropsychological tests. The sample was composed of 120 young adults with a mean of 23.4 years of age from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Chile. Participants were administered the following instruments: Verbal Serial Learning Curve, Verbal Fluency Test- Semantic and Phonetic, Stroop- Color and Word Test, and Trail Making Test (TMT)- Parts A and B. The results revealed group differences in two of the five neuropsychological tests. Group differences were found in the number of words recalled in the first trial and the number of trials required to recall the ten words of the Serial Learning Curve and in the number of words produced in the semantic and the phonetic category of the Verbal Fluency Test. The findings are discussed in terms of within ethnic group differences and the potential impact on developing a neuropsychology that is sensitive to cultural influences.

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A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Masters of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Psycholinguistics, Psycholinguistics--Ability testing, Psychological tests--Evaluation, Psychological tests--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers, Spanish Americans (Latin America)--Ability testing, Spanish Americans (Latin America)--Psychological testing, Spanish language--Dialects--Psychological aspects--Ability testing
Psychological tests -- Evaluation
Spanish language -- Dialects -- Psychological aspects -- Ability testing
Spanish Americans (Latin America) -- Ability testing
Spanish Americans (Latin America) -- Psychological testing
Psycholinguistics -- Ability testing
Psychological tests -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers

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