WEBINAR: Neuropsychological assessment of people with low or no education

Please note the registration deadline: 7th of June, 09:00 a.m.!

Tuesday, 11th of June 2024, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. CET

online, via Zoom


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.

Seminar content

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.

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

Tuesday, 11th of June 2024, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. CET

online, via Zoom

Seminar fee
GNPÖ-member     € 49,-
BÖP-member        € 49,-
No-membership € 60,-

Course units
2 UE

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). doi.org/10.1080/23273798.2017.1379605

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.

  • Datum : 11 Jun 2024
  • Zeit : 17:30 - 19:00 (Europe/Vienna)
  • Ort : Online, via Zoom
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