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SILVA-FILHO, José Humberto da; PASIAN, Sonia Regina  and  BARBOZA, Larissa Leite. Potential information and technical challenges of the wisconsin card sorting test. Rev. SPAGESP [online]. 2013, vol.14, n.2, pp. 102-113. ISSN 1677-2970.

The Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) constitutes a very important technique in neuropsychological assessment, internationally regarded as a benchmark for examining the executive functions of the brain, widely recognized since 1993. Nevertheless, it has experienced difficulties for its proper application, complex calculation of scores and interpretation of results, so it is necessary to enhance these processes. This study presents the main areas of applicability of the WCST available in the area of psychological assessment literature, and discusses methodological difficulties concerning its application and analysis. Finally, it argues challenges of this neuropsychological test and proposes complementary qualitative investigations to its psychometric data, aiming to expand its informative potential and encourage appropriate use of the WCST in different contexts.

Keywords : WCST; executive functions; neuropsychological assessment; Psychological assessment.

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