Undergraduate Course: Clinical Neuropsychology: a Cognitive Perspective (PSYL10041)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This option examines the clinical neuropsychological assessment of a range of neuropsychological disorders. The pattern of cognitive dysfunction in disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease, semantic dementia, frontal lobe syndromes, and amnesia will be studied and explained using cognitive models of memory, semantic organisation and behaviour control. In addition the student will be introduced to a range of clinical neuropsychological assessment methods.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Degree major in Psychology and passes in Psychology courses at least to the equivalent of Junior Honours level in Edinburgh. Prior agreement with the 4th Year Honours Course Organiser
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 3 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Clinical neuropsychological assessment and neuropsychological tests used within a clinical setting.
- Neuropsychological presentation of a range of clinical neurological disorders including the dementias.
- Students will be able to apply cognitive models to explain profiles of cognitive and behavioural dysfunction.
- Teaching will consist of lectures, video case presentations, workshops and student presentations.
|Goldstein, L.H. and McNeil, J.E. (2nd edition 2012). Chapter 1: General Introduction: What is the relevance of neuropsychology for clinical psychology practice? In: Clinical Neuropsychology: A practical guide to the assessment and management for clinicians. (Goldstein, L.H. and McNeil, J.E. Eds) John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, West Sussex.|
General References on Neuropsychological Tests
Spreen, O. and Strauss, E. (2006). A compendium of neuropsychological tests: Administration, norms and commentary. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Lezak, M.D. (5th edition 2012). Neuropsychological assessment. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Bradley, V. and Kapur, N. Chapter 9. Neuropsychological assessment of memory disorders. In Gurd, J; Kischka, U & Marshall, J C (Eds) (2010) The Handbook of clinical neuropsychology. 2nd ed.Oxford University Press.
Evans, J.J. (2012). Chapter 7: Disorders of Memory. In: Clinical Neuropsychology: A practical guide to the assessment and management for clinicians. (Goldstein, L.H. and McNeil, J.E. Eds) John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, West Sussex.
Kopelman, M.D. (2002). Disorders of Memory. Brain, 2152-2190.
Snowden, J. Chapter 28. The neuropsychological presentation of Alzheimer┐s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. In Gurd, J; Kischka, U & Marshall, J C (Eds) (2010) The Handbook of clinical neuropsychology. 2nd ed.Oxford University Press.
Salmon, D.P. and Bondi, M.W (2009). Neuropsychological assessment of dementia. Annual Review of Psychology. 60, 257-282.
Burgess, P.W. and Alderman, N. Chapter 9 Executive Dysfunction: A practical Guide to assessment and management for clinicians. Edited by L.H. Goldstein and J.E. McNeil, 2012. John Wiley and Sons Lts.
Burgess, PW. Chapter 18. Assessment of executive function. In Gurd, J; Kischka, U & Marshall, J C (Eds) (2010) The Handbook of clinical neuropsychology. 2nd ed.Oxford University Press.
Generalization and differentiation in semantic memory: insights from semantic dementia. Lambon Ralph MA. Patterson K. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1124:61-76, 2008 Mar.38.
Where do you know what you know? The representation of semantic knowledge in the human brain. Patterson K. Nestor PJ. Rogers TT. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 8(12):976-87, 2007 Dec.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Sharon Abrahams
Tel: (0131 6)50 3339
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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