Influence of prior knowledge and experience on the ability to feign mild head injury symptoms in head injured and non-head-injured college students

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  • The present study investigated the effects of personal knowledge, experience and beliefs about traumatic brain injury (TBI) on persons' ability to successfully feign neuropsychological impairment Head-injured and non-injured subjects completed the Head Injury Misconception Survey, and were evenly divided into malingering or control (do best) conditions Subjects were given a scenario which asked them to imagine that they had been In a prior accident and were involved in litigation They were then asked to either malinger or respond In the best way possible to a battery of neuropsychological tests While instructions to malinger had a pronounced effect, knowledge of brain injury did not significantly Influence an individual's ability to feign neuropsychological impairment Future directions in the study of malingering are also discussed. © 1995, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.
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  • Hayes JS; Gouvier WD; Martin R
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  • 63
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  • 66
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