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School of Psychology
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PSN1032247, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge SARA MONDINI M-PSI/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 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
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 MONDINI SARA (Presidente)
AGRILLO CHRISTIAN (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
RICCARDI ALICE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: It is necessary to know the concepts of Basic Cognitive processes, Neuropsychology and Clinical neuropsychology and to have cleare notions of statistical psychometrics.

For students who need to revise basic concepts of neuropsychology, the reading of the following text is suggested:
Vallar G., Papagno, C. Manuale di neuropsicologia, Il Mulino, 2007.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim is to give the foundamental theorical bases and practical methodologies to carry out a neuropsychological assessment in order to have a clear neuropsychological diagnosis.
Thus the student must know
1. how to collect the neuropsychological anamnesi,
2. to observe the patient, to interview him/her,
3. to select the appropriate tests,
4. to gather all the information for a diagnostic reasoning.
Examination methods: The final examination includes a written test, followed by an oral examination (provided that the written test has been passed).
The written test consists of 31 multiple-choice questions.
Each correct answer scores 1 point. No points are subtracted for omitted or wrong answers. The written test lasts about 30 minutes.
All questions can be answered by studying the textbooks.
The score of the written test will be confirmed, increased or decreased by the oral examination. However any changes won't be more than two points.
Assessment criteria: Student's evaluation will be based on:
1. his/her comprehension of different specific terms and definitions;
2. his/her ability in diagnostic reasoning;
3. his/her comprehension of the best methodology/tests to use in assessment.
All concepts can be found in the books for this course.
Course unit contents: The following topics will be discussed:
- team work in clinical setting
- behaviour assessment and measurement
- neuropsychological anamnesi
- interview techniques
- psychometric instruments
- diagnostic conclusion
- the neuropsychological report
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Theorical lessons will be mixed with video of clinical patients which will be object of discussions and analyses. Class attendance is strongly encouraged.
In the class specific practical activities with study groups will be proposed with the aim to learn how to analize the patient, formulate the diagnosis and write a neuropsychological report.
Additional notes about suggested reading: 1)Materials (slides, neuropsychological tests, and scientific papers) useful for a better learning will be available on the Moodle platform.

2)Foreign students who want to take the exam in English, the following book (the chapters indicated) substitutes the other Italian books:
M.D. Lezak , D. B. Howieson , E. D. Bigler , D. Tranel. Neuropsychological Assessment (fifth edition). New York, Oxford University press, 2004 (chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 17).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mondini, S., Mapelli, D., & Arcara, G. (2016)., Semeiotica e Diagnosi neuropsicologica. Metodologia per la valutazione. Roma: Carocci Editore, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mondini, S., Mapelli, D., Vestri, A., Arcara, G. & Bisiacchi, P. (2011)., L’Esame Neuropsicologico Breve - 2. Milano: Raffaello Cortina, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bianchi, A., L’esame neuropsicologico dell’adulto (seconda edizione); chapters VIII, XI, XVII. Firenze: Giunti-Organizzazioni Speciali Ed., 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

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