Thursday May 27th

Combating cognitive decline in aging and MCI with the Categorization Program: An integrative clinical neuroscience perspective

Fofi Constantinidou, PhD

Semantic organization and categorization are fundamental cognitive skills present in all activities of daily living. They are essential for language, memory and learning, problem solving, and decision-making. The Categorization Program (Constantinidou, 2019) is a hierarchical systematic neurocognitive training program designed to improve neurocognitive functioning in individuals with acquired cognitive deficits. This workshop will present the theoretical framework that served as a basis for the development of the CP and evidence-based data that support the implementation of the CP as a treatment modality to improve semantic organization, executive functioning and neuropsychological performance in patients with cognitive decline. The program consists of eight different levels designed to address key aspects of human categorization. The goals and objectives of each step and the methodologies implemented to support active learning will be discussed during the workshop. 

Learning Objectives

  • By the end of this workshop participants will be able to: 
  • Discuss the organization of cognitive systems based on an integrative contemporary model of cognition and rehabilitation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the various components of human categorization
  • Implement a systematic and hierarchical model to facilitate cognitive rehabilitation.
  • Discuss current research that supports the use of categorization training in acquired neurological conditions and MCI
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