Neuropsychological assessment runs parallel to the courses Brain Damage and Behavioural Disorders. The core elements in mastering this skill involves the clinical data gathering process which results in interpreting cognitive, emotional and behavioural data in order to support neurological or neuropsychiatric diagnosis. The skills training commences with an introductory lecture covering the principles and interpretation of neuropsychological assessment. During a 7-week period, students are trained in neuropsychological history taking, observing patient behaviour, cognitive testing and interpreting cognitive and behavioural data. Finally, each student writes a comprehensive neuropsychological report based on a simulated clinical case.
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Knowledge of: Students obtain the basic skills of neuropsychological assessment, i.e. observing, interviewing, neuropsychological testing, combining and interpreting behavioural and cognitive data and neuropsychological report writing.
introductory knowledge on psychodiagnostics and related psychometrics
Lezak. M.D. , Howieson, M.D., Bigler, E.D., & Tranel, D. (2012). Neuropsychological Assessment. New York: Oxford University Press; R.D. Vanderploeg (2000). Clinician’s Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
- M.G.F. Colombi