Neuropsychological assessment of people with low or no education

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Di 11.06.2024, 17:30–19:00

Nr. S-01-20-0150-1

2 Einheiten
€ 49,- mit BÖP-Mitgliedschaft
€ 60,- ohne BÖP-Mitgliedschaft
€ 49,- mit GNPÖ-Mitgliedschaft

Gesellschaft für Neuropsychologie Österreich (GNPÖ)


To understand the changes in brain functioning with literacy attainment; to learn the challenges and pitfalls in traditional neuropsychological testing of illiterate and low-literate individuals; to identify appropriate methods of assessment of illiterate and low-literate individuals.


The seminar will provide an overview of the literature on cognition and illiteracy, including neuroimaging and cognitive studies, as well as research investigating the differential effects of literacy attainment vs level of education and schooling. Furthermore, we will discuss the inappropriateness of commonly used neuropsychological tests with illiterate and low-literate individuals when assessing various cognitive domains (episodic memory, working memory, verbal skills, and visuospatial perception). Finally, we will consider the implications of these findings for optimal and appropriate neuropsychological assessment of these individuals.


  • PsychologInnen
  • Klinische PsychologInnen


  • Mary Kosmidis, PhD


Mary Kosmidis, Ph.D., Professor, Lab of Cognition, Brain & Behavior, School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Creditability to the curriculum
Neuropsychologische Diagnostik (2 UE)

Literature recommendations:
Mandyla, M., Yannakoulia, M., Hadjigeorgiou, G., Dardiotis, E., Scarmeas, N., & Kosmidis, M. H. (2021). Identifying appropriate neuropsychological tests for uneducated/illiterate older individuals. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 31, 1-14. doi: 10.1017/S1355617721001004.
Kosmidis, M. H. (2017). Challenges in the neuropsychological assessment of illiterate older adults. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, Special Issue on the Effects of Literacy on Cognition and Brain Functioning (Ed. L. Tyler).
Ardila, A., Bertolucci, P. H., Braga, L. W., Castro-Caldas, A., Cole, M., Judd, T., Kosmidis, M. H., Matute, E., Nitrini, R., Ostrosky-Solis, F., & Rosselli, M. (2010). Illiteracy: The neuropsychology of cognition without reading. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 25, 689-712.

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