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mental status exam

quick and dirty, i.e., use appearance to judge mental state, or talk to someone to see if they have organized thinking; sensorium- orientation to time and place; vocab- use context

diagnostic interview

looks at history of symptoms

physical assessment

blood work- check to see if person is on substance,

neurological exam

check for brain involvement

personality testing-projective testing

TAT (Thematic Aptitude Test) show pictures and have them tell a story subjective

objective testing

unambiguous stimuli- constrained response- direct question truefalse answer

warshaw testing

lots of questions

neurological testing

reaction testing, memory, can indicate dementia

higher order testing

IQ test

brain structure

physical structure of the brain- tomograhy & CAT scan

CAT scan

imaging tool- uses a lot of radiation


can construct an image of the brain

brain function

whats going on in the brain-

positive emissions tomography/mri

radioactive isotope (tracer substance- goes pass theblood brain barrier as glucose and highlights the targeted part of the brain

PET scan


fMRI functional

has you do tasks while getting the scan shows whats happening in the brain while you do a task

adoptee method


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