Abstract

Although Mandarin is the world's most commonly spoken native language, normative data on neuropsychological tests for this population are limited. Therefore, samples of young (n=142, M age=35.77 years), middle-aged (n=71, M age=52.65), and elderly (n=111, M age=69.27) Mandarin speaking adults living in Beijing, China were given a battery of neuropsychological measures. The instruments selected for use were easily administered and had been validly used in other cultural settings (e.g., Trails A, Five Digit Test, Fuld Object-Memory Evaluation, Symbol Digit Modality Test (SDMT)). As expected, age and education where significantly related to neuropsychological performance. Gender, however, was a moderating variable only for the elderly group. In addition to their clinical applicability, findings are used to exemplify a particular multicultural assessment strategy.