Methods of Assessment
Full course description
The measurement of behaviour and cognition is a central theme in clinical and experimental neuropsychology. In this course we focus on psychometric properties of our assessment methods and explore the different approaches to measure brain-behaviour relationships relevant for the whole spectrum of neuropsychology. We will discuss examples of assessment methods and procedures used in research and clinical settings to identify pitfalls, limitations and biases in scientific and clinical reasoning. Building on examples from the clinical domains, we will examine how these methods and procedures can be used to support (psycho)diagnostics, prognostic models, and follow-up measurements in developmental trajectories and psychopharmacological interventions. In this module, recent developments in measurement methods and procedures, e.g., online self-assessment, routine outcome measurement and gamification, are discussed, as well as the cultural and ethical aspects of measuring cognition and behaviour.
The students will:
- obtain knowledge about how psychological tests are constructed;
- be able to recognize the relevance of psychometric properties of assessment methods;
- be able to analyse and evaluate the psychometric properties of diverse assessment methods;
- learn to reflect critically on the assessment outcomes;
- be able to explain how factors, such as the base rate and the heterogeneity and dependency of symptoms, influence the quality of the assessment outcomes.
Basics of psychodiagnostics and psychometrics (bachelor level)