Practical: Measuring Cognitive Functions 1
Full course description
The practical courses IPN1125 to IPN1127 focus on developing diagnostic skills such as administering, scoring and interpreting instruments frequently used to express experimental and clinical paradigms (or function domains) in terms of size and number. The key function domains for this course are Memory, Executive Functions and Attention. The information provided during this practical course will explain the experimental possibilities and clinical applications of each instrument. The students will then practice using these instruments on each other and experience first-hand the rules, successes and frustrations each instrument brings with it. After practicing these tests individually, students will be presented with a complex verbal and visual case study. A client with cognitive complaints must undergo a neuropsychological exam. The students will be asked whether these complaints can be categorised as “functioning normally” (everyone forgets things at some point) or whether an underlying disorder may be the cause.
- can describe the diagnostic cycle and know the role of the neuropsychological tests;
- administered and scored neuropsychological tests assessing memory and executive functions and learned how to interpret the results;
- can explain how behaviour of people can be systematically observed during test administration;
- can generate hypotheses regarding the well-being of a person based on observations and test results.