PS280 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Mild Cognitive Impairment, Psychological Testing, Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory

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Neuropsychological Assessments:
-used to determine relations b/w behaviour and brain function
-Bender Visual-Motor Gestalt Test (BVMGT) was first, copying designs on a card, then drawing them
from memory and 4 using Global Scoring System (5pt scale) but produces many false negatives
-Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) addresses range of
abilities unlike BVMG, 5 major domains of functioning: immediate memory, visuo-
spatial/consctuctional abiltity, language, attention, delayed memory
-Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) brief 10 min screening for mild cognitive impairment
assessing attention + concentration, memory, executive functioning, visuo-constructional, orientation
Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery (HRNTB): similar measures to MoCA / RBANS but
also tests sensory perceptions, can take several hours to complete, not recommended as screening test
Psychological Assessment – Clinical interviews:
-clinical interviews are most common assessment tool and allow for knowledge of context of
individual's life to be paired w overall psychological test
-clinicians ask about psychiatric history, marriage, family, education, reason for seeking consultation
-unstructured individuals have poor reliability and validity, biased by clinician's orientation/personality
-structured interviews increase reliability but jeopardize rapport (Diagnostic Interview Schedule)
-semi-structured interviews guided by outline of dimensions that should be covered (Mental Status
Examination) and many are designed to look for specific problems
-most used semi-structured interview is Structued Clinical Interview for DSM Disorders which follows
decision trees for diagnoses found in manual
-rating scales help organize info, encourage reliability and objectivity
Psychological Assessment of Intelligence:
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