Principles of Neuropsychological Interpretation

Cynthia R. Cimino, University of South Florida


Interpretation of neuropsychological data is the process by which significance and meaning are derived from the information obtained during the evaluation process. In this regard, what comes to mind most readily is the interpretation of test scores obtained during assessment. Test scores in and of themselves have little meaning in isolation. However, when compared to some normative standard, test scores provide much information regarding how the individual performs relative to similarly aged peers, the extent to which that score deviates from the "norm" or average score, and the degree to which that score is likely to reflect spared or impaired abilities.