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CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF THE ADULT

CODE 68126
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS 1 credit during the 3nd year of 9281 PHYSIOTHERAPY (L/SNT2) LA SPEZIA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR MED/26
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION LA SPEZIA (PHYSIOTHERAPY)
SEMESTER 1° Semester
MODULES This unit is a module of:
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The teaching of Clinical Neuropsychology of adulthood aims to provide basic knowledge on the global functioning of the brain, with particular regard to cognitive functions, in particular on their general organization in terms of networking, and on the terminology inherent in the individual functions and their disturbances. At the end of the course, the main clinical pictures during which neuropsychological disorders represent the most relevant element, or one of the most relevant elements of the symptomatology, will be illustrated. The student will have to acquire a good command of the definitions, the classification and the anatomo-clinical correlations of the functions themselves, both in normal conditions and in pathology. This will also allow to understand the theoretical and practical bases of neuropsychological assessment, to enable students to structure a correct approach with the various forms of disorders of the subjects they will have to interact with.

TEACHING METHODS

Lessons take place in the first semester of the third year through lectures that make use of slide projections
The modality is interactive and also includes projection of films, presentation of clinical cases and reading of fragments of specialized books

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The main cortical syndromes
Clinical neuropsychology and cognitive functions: definitions and general concepts
The prerequisites for neuropsychological assessment; the clinical interview. The global cognitive scales
Attention (definition, classification and main syndromic pictures)
Executive functions. The concepts of intelligence, abstraction, planning, problem solving
Memory (definition, classification and main syndromic pictures)
Aphasias (definition, classification and main syndromic pictures)
Apraxias (definition, classification and main syndromic pictures)
The Agnosias (definition, classification and main syndromic pictures)
The visual-spatial functions
Neglect and disturbances of the body schema
Cognitive deficits in neurodegenerative diseases of the central nervous system
Cognitive deficits in cerebrovascular disease
Cognitive deficits in demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Fondamenti di Neuroscienze, A Siegel & HN Sapru, Italian edition based on the 3rd in English, Piccin Editore

Additional teaching material is provided by the teacher during the lessons and made available on Aulaweb or on the dedicated Team

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

MARIA LAURA INGLESE (President)

ROSARIA ANDREOTTI

MAURIZIO BALESTRINO

FRANCESCA MARIA BATTAGLIA

PAOLA BONA

GAIA BONASSI

ALESSANDRA CAMPUS

GIUSEPPE CORVAGLIA

ELISA DE GRANDIS

ELISA GIORLI

LINO NOBILI

MATTEO PARDINI

JESSICA PODDA

MAGDA RIZZARDI

FLAVIO MARIANO NOBILI (President and Coordinator of Integrated Course)

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Lessons take place in the first semester of the third year through lectures that make use of slide projections
The modality is interactive and also includes projection of films, presentation of clinical cases and reading of fragments of specialized books

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Written with multiple choice questions
Oral in case of restrictions dictated by the Covid-19 pandemic

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The student must correctly answer at least 60% of the questions
In the case of an oral exam, the student must demonstrate that he/she has understood the topics specified in the program, and in particular that he/she has a precise command of the terminology and a sufficient knowledge of the pathophysiology of cognitive functions and the methods of their exploration.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
19/01/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
09/02/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
23/02/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
22/06/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
06/07/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
07/09/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
21/09/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

1) The exam cannot be taken if the related prerequisites have not been respected. 2) Since these are integrated course exams, failure to pass a single discipline requires the need to repeat the entire exam.