Special Issue "Recent Development of Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment"

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 August 2023 | Viewed by 1156

Special Issue Editors

1. Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology, University of Padova, Padua, Italy
2. Human Inspired Technology Research Centre, University of Padova, Padua, Italy
Interests: neurodegenerative progressive diseases (e.g., dementia); neuropsychology of aging; neuropsychological assessment and cognitive testing
1. Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK
2. Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, London, UK
Interests: numerical cognition; memory; executive functions; learning; individual differences; ageing; middle ageing; lifespan; non-invasive brain stimulation; EEG
IRCCS San Camillo Hospital, Venice, Italy
Interests: methodology of clinical neuropsychology; neuroscience of language; EEG; MEG

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the years, cognitive and neuropsychological assessments have been continuously developed and improved. Recently, such developments have significantly increased, with the support of technical innovation. A major drive in these changes has been the COVID-19 pandemic, which has boosted attention towards tele-neuropsychology and alternative solutions relative to traditional in-person assessments. In addition, the ‘replication crisis’ has crucially increased the need for appropriate and robust statistical inference. However, there are still many open issues that are debated—some old, some new: is remote assessment valid? Should we develop more ecological tests for neuropsychological assessment? Can new analytical methods (e.g., machine learning) contribute to developing clinical assessment?

This Special Issue collects contributions on aspects that address innovation in current cognitive and neuropsychological assessment and reviews on existing standards focusing on new directions, tools, or tests for assessment, as well as experimental studies that show how innovative approaches may uncover new perspectives.

Dr. Sara Mondini
Dr. Marinella Cappelletti
Dr. Giorgio Arcara
Guest Editors

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  • clinical neuropsychology
  • psychometrics
  • cognitive tests
  • scoring
  • cognitive functions
  • remote assessment
  • machine learning

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Broken Ring enVision Search (BReViS): A New Clinical Test of Attention to Assess the Effect of Layout and Crowding on Visual Search
Brain Sci. 2023, 13(3), 494; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci13030494 - 15 Mar 2023
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The assessment of attention in neuropsychological patients could be performed with visual search tests. The Broken Rings enVision Search test (BReViS) here proposed represents a novel open access paper-and-pencil tool in which layout and crowding are varied among four cards. These manipulations allow [...] Read more.
The assessment of attention in neuropsychological patients could be performed with visual search tests. The Broken Rings enVision Search test (BReViS) here proposed represents a novel open access paper-and-pencil tool in which layout and crowding are varied among four cards. These manipulations allow the assessment of different components of attention: a selective component, the visuo-spatial orientation of attention, and the focal attention, involved in a crowding phenomenon. Our purpose was to determine the characteristics of the BReViS test, provide specific normative data, and assess these components across the lifespan. The test was administered to a sample of 550 participants aged between 20 and 79 years old and to a series of patients. Three indexes targeting different components of visuo-spatial attention (selective attention, strategic orientation of visual attention, focal attention) were obtained by combining execution times and accuracy together with the total errors. The results showed that age, education and gender influenced, in different combinations, the four indexes, for which specific norms were developed. Regression-based norms were provided in percentiles and equivalent scores. All patients showed pathological scores and specific patterns of attentional deficits. The BreViS test proved to be a free and easy valuable tool which can be used in the clinical environment to assess attentional deficits in neuropsychological patients. Full article
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