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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP7078021, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1932, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 2.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Teacher in charge ROBERTA BIUNDO

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 2.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 2.0 14 36.0 No turn

Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: - General knowledge of anatomy of the central nervous system
- General knowledge of brain MRI
- General knowledge of neurology
- General knowledge of clinical neuropsychology
- Interest in assessing the extent and possible causes of neurological damage, not always visible to the naked eye, through the use of targeted neuropsychological tests.
-Interest in improving skills in neuropsychological assessment and understanding the tests involved in the five main cognitive domains with reference to the aforementioned disorders particularly Alzheimer and Parkinson
Target skills and knowledge: - General knowledge of the main neurological diseases across life span. In particular, neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Lewy Body dementia, Huntington's disease and tautopathies), inflammatory diseases (such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and stroke) and pathologies of the pediatric age.
-Understanding the cognitive/behavioral dysfunctions and the underlying neuronal mechanisms in the above listed neurological diseases.
- Knowledge of the main neuropsychological tests/scales used to evaluate the global cognitive status and each cognitive domain in the neurological diseases mentioned above.
- Ability to interprete psychometric scores obtained during test administration according to the normative data published in the literature.
- Basic abilities to conduct structured and unstructured neuropsychological interview, and to make neuropsychological diagnosis
- Ability to interpret a neuropsychological report.
Examination methods: Written test: Multiple choice questions and one open question
Oral test: Two or three questions on the entire course program

Final score is the mean of the written and oral score
Assessment criteria: Understanding the main clinical, behavioral and cognitive manifestations of the neurological diseases described above
Course unit contents: Neuropsychological correlates of the following diseases:
- Alzheimer's dementia
- Parkinson's disease and Lewy-body dementia
- Tautopathies including progressive supranuclear palsy, cortico-basal syndrome
- Epilepsy
- Cerebrovascular diseases
- Multiple sclerosis
- Pediatric disorders
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Interactive frontal teaching and clinical cases, role playing.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides provided by the teacher and optional textbook indicated below. Attending the Neurology course is suggested.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Holtz, Leslie, Applied clinical neuropsychology: an introduction.. New York: Springer, 2010.
  • Joel E. Morgan, Ida Sue Baron, Joseph H. Ricker, Casebook of Clinical Neuropsychology. --: --, 2010.