Diagnostic Neuropsychological Testing

Term: Spring 2012

Subject Code: GPSY

Course Number: 6273

This course will be an introduction to the clinical application of neuropsychology and neuropsychological assessment. The first half of the course will focus on domains of neurocognitive function, syndromes associated with dysfunction in each domain, and neuropsychological measures utilized in assessing domain-specific performance. The second half of the course will focus on issues in administration and interpretation of neuropsychological measures, and evaluation of normative data in regard to the neuropsychologist's role as both scientist and practitioner. Cultural and social variables are also discussed in regard to their impact on both assessment and interpretation of cognitive measures and in choice of appropriate normative comparisons. Measure selection and interpretation will be tailored to typical CNS and psychiatric disorders that the clinician may be expected to encounter in medical and psychiatric settings, including primary dementia, traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. Prerequisite: GPSY 6271; 6727 or by agreement of instructor.

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