Clinical neuropsychology

lpsp1327  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Clinical neuropsychology
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Edwards Martin; Leloup Laëtitia (compensates Samson Dana); Samson Dana;
Main themes
The course presents the main neuropsychological semiotics in the areas of cognition such as memory, executive functions, attention, gnosies, praxis and language. The course will offer an introduction to the examination methods and theoretical work of disorder interpretation (cognitive approach of disorders), as well as an illustration of the approach of management.
The chapters covered in this course are:
- Memory: definition, semiology, etiopathogenesis, interpretative models
- Executive functions: definition, semiology, etiopathogenesis, interpretative models
- Attention: definition, semiology, etiopathogenesis, interpretative models
- Gnosia: Definition, semiology, etiopathogenesis, interpretative models
- Language: Definition, semiology and classification of aphasia, interpretative models (lexical, syntactic, semantic).
- Praxies: Definition, semiology, etiopathogenesis, interpretative models
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the student must be able to master the theoretical and methodological knowledge that can identify the neuropsychological disorders present in an individual and to analyze the underlying causes. In the light of the learning outcomes framework, the course is aimed primarily at getting students to:
A1. Master knowledge that helps explain and understand an individual, group, or organization.
A2. Critically analyse and model a situation (individual, group, or organization) with reference to psychological theories, research findings, methods and tools.
Second, this course aims to get students to:
B1. Master knowledge of interventions to improve a given situation (individual, group, or organization).
E2. Identify the contribution and added value of scientific research in psychology and the sciences of education on its understanding of given situations.
The course will present the associations between cognition and neuropsychological conditions typically seen in patients with brain damage. Each course will specify the current understanding of the cognitive neuropsychological profile, and provide some examples of the typical cognitive tests used for diagnosis and how the tests are interpreted. At the end of each course, a summary of possible rehabilitation methods will be discussed.  
The sections covered in this course are:
  • Object perception and recognition / Agnosia
  • Spatial attention / Hemineglect
  • Object action / Apraxia
  • Executive function
  • Memory / Dementia
  • Language / Aphasia
  • Social cognition
Teaching methods
Evaluation methods
The assessment is carried out using a Multiple Response Question (MRQ) exam consisting of 20 questions with 6 answer options and 2 correct answers for each question. Each question answered correctly is worth 0.5 points. No answer or an incorrect answer is worth 0 points. The final grade is the sum of points.
Other information
The course is given in English and French. The exam is default written in French, but a version written in English can be requested before the exam session. 
Online resources
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Bachelor in Psychology and Education: General

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