Class Neuropsychological Assessment I

  • Presentation


    With this CU, it is expected that the student will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the main neuropsychological assessment techniques used in a behavioral approach.

  • Code


  • Syllabus



    S1) Conceptual and practical aspects of neuropsychological assessment

    - Historical overview of neuropsychological assessment

    - Models of neuropsychological assessment

    - Objectives of neuropsychological assessment

    - The role of the neuropsychologist in neuropsychological assessment

    - Ethical principles in neuropsychological assessment

    S2) Validity of neuropsychological assessment

    - Development and Psychometric Analysis

    - Malingering

    - Cultural and Diversity issues

    S3) Introduction to Neuropsychological Assessment

    - Interview, clinical history and observation

    - Screening Tests

    - Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment and batteries

  • Objectives


    LO1) Describe the objectives and main models of neuropsychological assessment (NA)

    LO2) Understand the general principles of NA that ensure its effectiveness, as well as the limitations of the inferences that can be drawn from AN results

    LO3) Reflect on the role of the neuropsychologist in NA and its ethical principles 

    LO4) Perceive the validity assumptions and psychometric parameters of NA tests

    LO5) Discuss procedures to identify simulation and insufficient effort in the NA process

    LO6) Design the clinical interview based on the clinical referral

    LO7) Identify, through observation, subtle symptoms and atypical presentations in the assessment process

    LO8) Recognize factors that can influence the NA and evaluate their consequences for the validity of the AN

    OA9) Distinguish cognitive screening tests and comprehensive neuropsychological assessment batteries, reflecting on their applicability

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    the oral presentation with the support of audiovisual materials (TM1) aims to provide students with relevant theoretical knowledge that allows them to adopt an active and evidence-based attitude.Practical activities will be developed focusing on the development of transversal skills to the clinical context and critical reasoning. Specifically, literature review and critical analysis of scientific papers in neuropsychological assessment (TM2), interactive dialogue (TM3) and debate (TM4) about the state of the art will be promoted, as well as critical reasoning about the limitations and potentialities of currently available and validated materials for the practice of neuropsychological assessment. In order to consolidate knowledge regarding the conduct of a clinical interview (before further exploration of neuropsychological assessment tests for different age groups in Neuropsychological Assessment II), role play exercises of the interview situation will also take place (TM5).

  • References


    Strauss, E., Sherman, E. M., & Spreen, O. (2006). A compendium of neuropsychological tests: Administration, norms, and commentary. Oxford University Press.

    Bowden, S. (2017). Neuropsychological assessment in the age of evidence-based practice: diagnostic and treatment evaluations. Oxford University Press

    Mondini, S., Cappelletti, M., & Arcara, G. (2023). Methodology in neuropsychological assessment: An interpretative approach to guide clinical practice. Routledge

    Vanderploeg, R.D. (2011). Clinician’s guide to neuropsychological assessment (2nd Edition). NY: Routledge

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