Marrying Past and Present Neuropsychology: Is the Future of the Process-Based Approach Technology-Based?
From 2D to 4D: New Approaches to Neurocognitive Assessment of Cognitive and Functional Capacities"paves the way to consider how to take the best of a process-based approach to neuropsychological assessment with the newest technologies, including Virtual-reality based assessments. It can be fully accessed here: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00361/full
Dr. Unai Diaz-Orueta talked about the process-based approach on this conference entitled "Technological developments in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation: computerized and virtual reality based tools". More specifically, he presented how computerized and VR based neuropsychological assessment can be further improved if developments integrate a process-based approach to neuropsychological assessment.
This is the title of the 4-hour workshop delivered by Dr. Unai Diaz-Orueta at his academic homeland, that is, the University of Deusto in Bilbao (Basque Country), Spain.
With a broad target audience of clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists, Dr. Diaz-Orueta presented the benefits and relevance of a process-based approach, the worked developed in the E-SPACE project, the modifications performed to achieve a process-based approach version of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (the new MoCA-PA), and the innovative features of the What-Which-Where Test, developed by Prof. Teresa Burke, for the assessment of visual and spatial memory.
Dr. Diaz-Orueta participated with two lectures that debated around the advantages of the process-based approach to neuropsychological assessment.
Lecture 1. Early Diagnosis of Cognitive Decline: Advancing in Assessment Methods.
Lecture 2. New Ecological Instruments for the Measurement of Significant Indexes.
The great acceptance and participation in the course led to develop an online version that was delivered in March 2019.
The symposium "Process-based Approach to Neuropsychological Assessment: from screening tools to
comprehensive evaluation" was leaded by Dr. Unai Diaz-Orueta and co-chaired by Dr. David J. Libon at the Mid-Year International Neuropsychological Society Meeting in Prague (Czech Republic), 19th July 2018.
After an initial introduction by Dr. Diaz-Orueta and Dr. Libon, the following papers were presented:
MoCA-Process Approach Version (MoCA-PA): Latest developments of an ‘organic’ test adding qualitative analysis to cognitive performance.
Presenter: Dr. Alberto Blanco-Campal
Co-authors: Teresa Burke, Unai Diaz-Orueta, and Ana Belen Navarro-Prados.
MoCA-Process Approach Version (MoCA-PA): Preliminary findings in a non-clinical sample.
Presenter: Dr. Unai Diaz-Orueta
Co-authors: Ana Belen Navarro-Prados, Alberto Blanco-Campal & Teresa Burke.
Spanish adaptation of the PrVLT: a process-based approach to brief memory evaluation.
Presenter: Dr. Ana Belen Navarro-Prados
Co-authors: Unai Diaz-Orueta, Alberto Blanco-Campal, & David J. Libon
The What-Which-Where test: a process-based approach to visuospatial memory assessment.
Presenter: Prof. Teresa Burke
Co-authors: Collin Gallagher, Unai Diaz-Orueta, & Alberto Blanco-Campal.
WE EXPECT TO GIVE YOU GOOD NEWS WITH REGARDS TO NEW PUBLICATIONS IN THE SECOND HALF OF 2019
Diaz-Orueta, U., Blanco-Campal, A., & Burke, T. (2018). Rapid review of cognitive screening instruments in MCI: proposal for a process-based approach modification of overlapping tasks in select widely used instruments. International Psychogeriatrics, 30(5), 663-672.
Diaz-Orueta, U., Blanco-Campal, A., & Burke, T. (2017). Process-based approach neuropsychological assessment: review of the evidence and proposal for improvement of dementia screening tools [Article in Spanish]. Revista de Neurología, 64(11), 514-524.
The symposium entitled "Perspectives and outcomes of a process-based approach to neuropsychological evaluation: Decreasing the uncertainty in clinical diagnosis", chaired by Dr. Unai Díaz-Orueta, co-presented by Dr. Alberto Blanco-Campal (HSE) and Prof. Teresa Burke (DCU) and with the addition of an international speaker from the University of Salamanca, Dr. Ana Belén Navarro-Prados, to the already existing E-SPACE team.
The papers to be presented are the following:
- Montreal Cognitive Assessment - Process-Approach (MoCA-PA) and Digits Backwards Task: Advantages and preliminary results from a Spanish-speaking older adult sample. Presenter: Dr. Unai Diaz-Orueta.
- E-SPACE battery for early detection of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and dementia: Preliminary results with an older adult clinical sample. Presenter: Prof. Teresa Burke.
- Alzheimer’s Disease and drawing through a model of retrogenesis: What drawing processes tell us about the progress of Dementia. Presenter: Dr. Ana Belen Navarro-Prados.
- Deconstructing Apraxia: The inevitability of a process approach to its clinical assessment in Dementia. Presenter: Dr. Alberto Blanco-Campal.Come and join us this November! You will not regret it.
Dr. Unai Diaz-Orueta, MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow, had the chance to present the poster entitled "Improvement of Cognitive Screening Tests for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia using a Process-based Approach to Neuropsychological Evaluation: The E-SPACE Project". Though the representation of psychology and other human sciences was minor at the event, there was a chance to discuss the project with interested partners.
On Friday 30th June, sharing stage with Gema Climent, founder of Nesplora Ltd (Spain), Dr. Unai Diaz-Orueta developed the presentation "From Luria to Virtual Reality: there and back again", enhancing the need to combine the latest technologies with the roots of Neuropsychology in Europe and the world, with Luria and Kaplan as key references for their work on a process-based approach to neuropsychological assessment.
More information about the event can be found by clicking on the image below:
First presentation, performed by Prof. Teresa Burke, will focus on "Revisiting the process-approach to cognitive assessment: Advantages of complementing traditional scoring with a focus on processes and strategies", with a special emphasis on the advantages of including a qualitative approach to neuropsychological evaluation without compromising standard administration procedures of cognitive tests.
Second presentation, performed by Dr. Alberto Blanco-Campal, will focus on "Latest adaptations of screening tests to a process-based approach: initial findings and advantages" with a special emphasis on the latest process-based approach adaptation of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.
Finally, Dr. Unai Diaz-Orueta will present "Can test computerisation provide added value to a process-based approach neuropsychological assessment?" with a special emphasis on those indices and features of cognitive tasks that would clearly benefit from digitalisation.
The symposium will take place at the Stream C room of the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, on Friday 11th, from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm. Check the final programme at:
More information about the event can be found in: http://www.irishgerontology.com/tags/igs-64th-annual-scientific-meeting-2016
The next mid-year meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society will be held at the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel in London, UK, from the 6th to the 8th July, 2016. The process-based approach to neuropsychological assessment will be represented with 2 posters: "European Standardised Process Approach to Cognitive Evaluation in Older People: Project Overview and Preliminary Results", presented by Dr. Unai Díaz-Orueta, and "The Montreal Cognitive Assessment: A Qualitative Process Approach Version" (MoCA-QPA)", presented by Dr. Alberto Blanco-Campal; both of them supported by the Project Coordinator Prof. Teresa Burke. More details will follow in the upcoming weeks. The conference program can be consulted here: http://www.the-ins.org/includes/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Program_INS_2016_Mid-Year_London.pdf
This poster titled: "European Standardised Process Approach to Cognitive Evaluation in Older People: An Overview" provides details of their European Commission funded research project designed to improve early detection and diagnosis of cognitive problems.
We invite all those attending the conference to visit our poster to learn more about the project and the process-based approach to neuropsychological evaluation of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia.
More information about the 8th National Dementia Conference can be found here: http://sonasapc.ie/8th-national-dementia-conference/
More than 30 experts are urging action on Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the April volume of the Lancet Neurology Journal, released today ahead of the presentation of a landmark report to the European Parliament Commissioners in Brussels this afternoon.
The full report can be accessed here.
Dr. Diaz-Orueta will teach the masterclass on the UNIR online platform on April 8th, 3.00 pm CET, with the title: "Process-based cognitive evaluation in Dementia". He will detail the advantages of a more qualitative, process-based cognitive evaluation versus traditional quantitative evaluation that relies exclusively on scores obtained in cognitive tests.
The aim of the masterclass is to show how putting the focus on processes and strategies the individual adopts when faced with cognitive tests increases the quality of information that may be obtained for a clearer diagnosis of cognitive problems. Almost certainly, this may relate to a better understanding of how the individual faces cognitive challenges in daily life situations.
The presentation targets both professionals and caregivers (either formal or informal) who want to develop further knowledge of a more detailed approach to understanding dementia and the masterclass will include a description of E-SPACE as a research project that aims to identify and develop a number of cognitive tests to enable clinicians to improve early and accurate diagnosis.
The session will be held in Spanish. Further details can be obtained in the following links: