How to Evaluate Six Neurocognitive Domains in Dementia?

Today we are excited to announce Psychiatry Education Forum Academy’s next discussion with release date for this Saturday (July 24):

It is important to have knowledge of these six neuro-cognitive domains for the evaluation & diagnosis of dementia subtypes:

  1. Complex Attention
  2. Executive Function
  3. Memory & Learning
  4. Language
  5. Perceptual-Motor
  6. Social Cognition

Let’s begin by answering this question first:

Answer: (b) Vascular Dementia

According to DSM-5, the clinical features of vascular dementia are consistent with a vascular etiology as suggested by either of the following:

  1. Onset of the cognitive deficits is temporally related to one or more cerebrovascular events; or
  2. Evidence for decline is prominent in complex attention (including processing speed) and frontal executive functions.

This discussion series will be released on July 24 (Saturday) for Psychiatry Education Forum Academy’s (PEFA) members only in our Geriatric Psychiatry Section.

In this series: I have only included discussions on how to evaluate these neuro-cognitive domains in your daily clinical practice. This discussion series will be summarized in the following six sections:

(1) Complex Attention: 15 min discussion on how to test:

  • Sustained Attention
  • Selective Attention
  • Divided Attention
  • Processing Speed

(2) Executive Function: 12 min discussion on how to test:

  • Planning
  • Inhibitory Control
  • Working Memory
  • Cognitive Flexibility

(3) Memory & Learning: 15 min discussion on how to test:

  • Immediate Memory
  • Recent Memory
  • Semantic/Long term Memory
  • Autobiographical Memory

(4) Language: 10 min discussion on how to test:

  • Expressive Language
  • Grammar & Syntax
  • Receptive Language

(5) Perceptual Motor: 10 min discussion on how to test:

  • Visuo-Constructional
  • Perceptual-Motor
  • Praxis

(6) Social Cognition: 10 min discussion on how to test:

  • Recognition of Emotions
  • Theory of Mind



This is a closed membership for medical professionals only.

  • 30+ Courses/Sections: Each chapter within these sections is of direct clinical relevance for your daily practice. 
  • Journal Club: we will post the most recently published psychiatry articles relevant to your daily clinical practice.
  • Coffee Club: contain short discussions with clinical experts in the field of psychiatry.
  • Essentials of Inpatient Psychiatry Book: All chapters from this book are included in the academy sections. 
  • Discussion Forum & Community: Connect with other medical professionals and discuss your difficult-to-treat clinical cases.
  • Conference Discounts: Academy members get discounted access at our conferences. 
  • Goal: is to have all important clinically relevant topics in one place for ease of access.


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