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Development Of Cognitive Psychology As A Discipline Milestones
I do psychology and when I tested a number of young people using the MOCA cognitive assessment they failed? Do they have dementia?
Neuropsychologist : Dementia is a very serious diagnosis and should NOT be based on the findings of one single test. The MOCA has only been validated for mild cognitive impairment, not full dementia. The patient needs a full evaluation administered by a neuropsychologist who specializes in geriatric issues. A comprehensive battery of tests will be administered to indicate a much more comprehensive clinical picture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is global developmental delay considered cognitive, if so how is a child's intelligence determined? What factors besides milestones are considered?
Definitions: The term "cognitive" confers the idea of the child thinking through an idea like responding to a stranger or formulating speech.The term global implys that both thinking & motor skill sets are involved in a process.Kids can have isolated fine motor, gross motor or thinking delays. Special scales like the bailey or minnesota child development inventory can assess these areas of early child developme. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do so many people fail the moca? My psychology class was tested and a lot of people failed even though most are below age 25
Screening tool: The MoCA is a screening tool for mild cognitive impairment. It is not specific for alzheimers. As with all screening tools, the test will have a larger group of people that it indicates need further evaluation then really have any cognitive issues. This is important in screening tests to avoid "missing" those who do have issues. A screening tool is designed to reduce false-negatives. ...Read more
READ BELOW: A psychiatrist is a physician, a trained medical doctor. He will probably have more familiarity with medical illness that has psychiological symptoms. Also as a dr hr can prescribe medicaltions. These range from helpful to necessary, because there are things that will not respind to talk therapy or cognitive behavioraltherapy. As psychologist a ph d has had years of study and can be excellent too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is forensic psychology? I went to tour a college today and Its the major of a student. How does it differ from other types of psychology?
Forensic Psychology: Forensic psychology requires a doctorate in psychology (Ph.D or Psy.D). The psychologist conducts full psychological batteries (cognitive, adaptive, achievement, personality) to help answer questions about an individual (usually court-ordered and involving risk). Some questions forensic psychologists include determining custody, sex offender recidivism, fitness for duty, fire-setting, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Trying to decide between psychology and psychiatry. What do you think are the benefits of each path? How do I decide?
Both are good: choices. Psychiatry is primarily focused on medication for mental health issues these days. Clinical Psychology focused on diagnosis, treatment, and research. You will learn various ways to help others such as cognitive therapy, psychological assessment, mind-body medicine, etc. Interview a few of each profession if you can. Peace and good health. Time frame for training is about the same. ...Read more
Talk vs. medication: Clinical psychologist might help you through the life-style changes on emotional, cognitive and behavioral levels through various techniques. While psychiatrist are potentially trained in provision of psychotherapy, their primary focus is medication management if the stress becomes unbearable and functioning of the client is impaired. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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