abnoraal psych notes

abnoraal psych notes - Notes from an abnormal psych lecture

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10/1 Psychometric – long standing characteristics of ppl Intellectual tests vs personality tests vs neuropsychology tests 1. intellectual: somewhat biased, made to measure global adaptive capacity - ability to identify similarities/differences - ability to estab relationships - verbal abstract reasoning - mathematics: counting traits 2. personality tests: designed to measure long-lasting traits - objective: MmPI there Is right/wrong (response format) for every ques actuarial interpretation is used - projective: presentation to patient is vague. If something projected is vague, they will show you what they think (ink blot test) - MMPI (most widely used personality test) - actual interpretation: statistical concept patient’s profile is matched against similar ones w/ known responses; profiling person who uses the test determines how good it is, not the test itself 3. neuropsychological test: looks for brain damage - Luria – Nebraska/Halstead – Reitan - broken up into a few days or use screening (short version) - gross problem can be identified through the screening test. Vs batter; comprehensive test of all functions; reasoning, motor, strength, concentration, attention, memory, etc Laboratory test: MRI, CT scan, etc. - look for structural problems, but may not reflect the results above - can’t tell you whether someone has particular capity the most comprehensive, detailed is the neuropsychological test, the lab tests only complement 4. Behavioral/situational assessment - least practical, but can be among the most informative - if you are familiar w/ individual, this may be much better - response set bias: individual biases results distorted Anxiety and Problems Related - knows existence, but can’t agree on definition - used in different ways (word has been used as disorder and symptoms of other disorder and reponse to disorder) - adaptive: everyone experiences anxiety - theres an optimum for anxiety
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1994 DSM4 defines anxiety as: apprehensive anticipation of future danger/misfortune accompanied by a feeling of dysphoria or (physiological) somatic symptoms of tension, the focus of anticipated danger may be internal/external (def. of anxiety) realistic threats vs. own personal fear State anxiety: everyone has experienced unpleasant, temporary, fast, arousal - characterized by: apprehension, tension, uneasiness from anticipation of danger, danger either external/internal
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2009 for the course PSYCH 200.212 taught by Professor Dr.noonberg during the Spring '08 term at Johns Hopkins.

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