Brain and Culture: Challenges and Opportunities for a Culturally Sensitive Clinical Neuropsychology Practice in the Caribbean

 

This paper will address the reciprocal relationship between the brain’s functional developmentand experiences against the backdrop of recent research findings in neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology with an appreciation ofthe role that culture plays in determining the conditions that shape the brain. Those of us who are struggling with challenges inherent in assessing persons with tools developed and normed for persons from a different culture know that assessment findings in that context are undermined by validity issues contributing to questionable, if not inaccurate, findings.  After briefly reviewing the challenges, we address the opportunities, arguing that given the nascent stage of Clinical Neuropsychology, this is an excellent occasion to focus on constructing clinical and psychometric tools likely to be more sensitive and specific to our populations.