Culture and Cognitive Testing For Parkinson's Disease (1 CE)
Course By: Tamara Avery, PsyD
Content By: Statucka, M. & Cohn, M. (2019). Origins Matter: Culture Impacts Cognitive Testing in Parkinson’s Disease. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 13(269), 1-13.
Course Description: Cognitive assessment is important for the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The exploration of cultural bias on neuropsychological tests has been scarce to date. Most neuropsychological tools have been developed in Anglosphere cultures (e.g., USA, UK) and normed in primarily homogeneous groups. Four cognitive assessment domains were explored in the accompanying study including attention, memory, executive functioning, and visuospatial skills. It was noted that participants in the International group evidenced lower scores, and greater deficits, on all visuospatial tasks, and on some executive functioning tasks. Biases were existent on visual tasks that clinicians deemed “culture-fair,” despite growing and opposing evidence from the field of cross-cultural neuropsychology.
- Review how cultural biases can impact neuropsychological testing
- Consider the statistical findings for both the Anglosphere PD and International PD groups
- Explore the Human Development Index as a measure of culture and how it relates to overall conclusions
- Assess the limitations and suggested areas for further research addressed in the article
- Read and understand Origins Matter: Culture Impacts Cognitive Testing in Parkinson’s Disease
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Consider the impact of cultural bias on neuropsychological testing and the related statistical analyses and resultant conclusions detailed in the supporting article
- Work through the post-test questions; keep in mind that answer selections should be derived from the accompanying article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to better understand the ways cultural biases have affected cognitive testing