Wais iii administration and scoring manual

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WAIS-IV Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-4th Edition: Administration and Scoring Manual by David Wechsler

David Wex Wechsler (January 12, 1896 – May 2, 1981) was a leading American psychologist. He developed well-known intelligence scales, such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC).

Wechsler was born in a family in Lespezi, Romania, and immigrated with his parents to the United States as a child. He studied at the City College of New York and Columbia University, where he earned his masters degree in 1917 and his Ph.D. in 1925 under the direction of Robert S. Woodworth. During World War I he worked with the United States Army to develop psychological tests to screen new draftees while studying under Charles Spearman and Karl Pearson.

After short stints at various locations (including five years in private practice), Wechsler became chief psychologist at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital in 1932, where he stayed until 1967. He died in 1981, his psychological tests already being highly respected.

Wechsler is best known for his intelligence tests. He was one of the most influential advocates of the role of nonintellective factors in testing. He emphasized that factors other than intellectual ability are involved in intelligent behavior. Wechsler objected to the single score offered by the 1937 Binet scale. Although his test did not directly measure nonintellective factors, it took these factors into careful account in its underlying theory. The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) was developed first in 1939 and then called the Wechsler-Bellevue Intelligence Test. From these he derived the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) in 1949 and the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI) in 1967. Wechsler originally created these tests to find out more about his patients at the Bellevue clinic and he found the then-current Binet IQ test unsatisfactory. The tests are still based on his philosophy that intelligence is the global capacity to act purposefully, to think rationally, and to deal effectively with [ones] environment (cited in Kaplan & Saccuzzo, p. 256).

The Wechsler scales introduced many novel concepts and breakthroughs to the intelligence testing movement. First, he did away with the quotient scores of older intelligence tests (the Q in I.Q.). Instead, he assigned an arbitrary value of 100 to the mean intelligence and added or subtracted another 15 points for each standard deviation above or below the mean the subject was. While not rejecting the concept of global intelligence (as conceptualized by his teacher Charles Spearman), he divided the concept of intelligence into two main areas: verbal and performance (non-verbal) scales, each evaluated with different subtests.

The WAIS is today the most commonly administered psychological test (Kaplan & Sacuzzo, 2009). The tests are currently updated approximately every ten years to compensate for the Flynn effect.
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WAIS-IV Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-4th Edition: Administration and Scoring Manual

We conclude that the NART is likely to remain an important tool for estimating the impact of neurological damage on general cognitive ability. Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale 4th ed. San Antonio : The Psychological Corporation. Test of Premorbid Functioning. London : Pearson Assessment. The main alternative to the employment of reading ability tests for estimating premorbid ability is to use demographic variables which have the potentially important advantage of being entirely independent of current cognitive status. Equations based solely on demographic data or a combination of demographics and NART performance have been presented e.

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Understanding Psychological Assessment pp Cite as. The W-B I, which was named after David Wechsler and the Bellevue Hospital where he was employed as chief psychologist, was considered a unique clinical instrument because it possessed good face validity with adolescents and adults, grouped items into subtests, and provided extensive assessment of both verbal and nonverbal abilities. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF. Skip to main content. Advertisement Hide. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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