Functional cooking skills and neuropsychological functioning in patients with stroke: An ecological validity study

Christine L. Yantz, Doug Johnson-Greene, Christopher Higginson, Lindsay Emmerson

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Efforts to relate neuropsychological performance to real-world task functioning have predominantly yielded lackluster results, typically with neuropsychological performance accounting for modest amounts of variance in function. Nonetheless, the ecological validity of neuropsychological measures for predicting functional abilities remains a strong research interest and clinical necessity. This study relates neuropsychological performance to performance on a standardised cooking task (Rabideau Kitchen Evaluation - Revised; RKE-R) in persons with stroke. Results showed that while the composite score of mean neuropsychological performance had the largest association with meal preparation, several neuropsychological measures were significantly related to the RKE-R. Groups of left and right hemisphere stroke patients were not significantly different in terms of RKE-R performance. These results suggest that functional cooking task performance is related to intact cognitive abilities in delayed verbal memory, simple auditory attention, and visuospatial skills, as well as overall cognitive performance. Implications for neuropsychologists are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-738
Number of pages14
JournalNeuropsychological Rehabilitation
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Activities of daily living
  • Cerebrovascular accidents
  • Cooking
  • Ecological validity
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Predictive validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Rehabilitation


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