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The interested reader is referred to Lezak and colleagues (2004) and Spreen and Strauss (1998) for details of individual tests. Multidimensional tests, such as the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), may be subjected to factor analysis. This type of analysis identifies groupings of test items that correlate with each other and may well assess aspects of the same domain. In this way, the range of domains assessed by such a test may be identified. COGNITIVE DOMAINS AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS Prerequisites for Meaningful Testing Cognitive Domains Cognitive domains are constructs (intellectual conceptualizations to explain observed phenomena, such as gravity) invoked to provide a coherent framework for analysis and testing of cognitive functions.

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