Riley Mullins | University Relations | 12 March 2014
In January, the BYU–Hawaii neuroscience lab received notice that an article written by the lab was published by Oxford University Press. The lead author, John Meyers, is the president of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. The co-authors are Dr. Ronald Miller, BYU–Hawaii professor, and six BYU–Hawaii students, four of whom have graduated and two whom are still here on campus.
The purpose of their study was to look at ways to help alleviate the difficulty of identifying malingerers, non-valid data, in tests. Often, individuals may, for whatever reason, exaggerate or falsify their symptoms, which is a common problem in neurological or psychology tests. The study done by the BYU–Hawaii students, along with Miller and Meyers, establishes a method to help identify these malingerers through a series of tests, which assists in determining the validity of their scores.