Modern Trends of Clinical Psychology Research:​​​​​​​ Neuropsychological Approaches of Mental Disorders



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

It is widely accepted that most psychiatric and mental disorders are associated with cognitive disturbances. The neuropsychological approaches can shed light on underlying brain functions/dysfunctions and help us develop a better understanding of these disorders and more efficient treatments. Along the course we are going to discuss different neuropsychological and neurocognitive researches investigating the brain structural and functional changes in association with the following mental disorders: eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obesity), depression, anxiety, epilepsy, life span brain plasticity (neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration).

  • Hill JO, Berridge K, Avena NM, Ziauddeen H, Alonso-Alonso M, Allison DB, Khan NA, Kelley M. Neurocognition: the food–brain connection. Adv Nutr. 2014 Sep;5(5):544-6.
  • Dennis M, Spiegler BJ, Simic N, Sinopoli KJ, Wilkinson A, Yeates KO, Taylor HG, Bigler ED, Fletcher JM. Functional plasticity in childhood brain disorders: when, what, how, and whom to assess. Neuropsychol Rev. 2014 Dec;24(4):389-408.
  • Etkin A, Gyurak A, O'Hara R. A neurobiological approach to the cognitive deficits of psychiatric disorders. Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2013 Dec;15(4):419-29. van Elburg A, Treasure J. Advances in the neurobiology of eating disorders. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2013 Nov;26(6):556-61.
  • Hrabok M, Dykeman J, Sherman EM, Wiebe S. An evidence-based checklist to assess neuropsychological outcomes of epilepsy surgery: how good is the evidence? Epilepsy Behav. 2013 Dec;29(3):443-8.
  • Parsey CM, Schmitter-Edgecombe M. Applications of technology in neuropsychological assessment. Clin Neuropsychol. 2013;27(8):1328-61.