Workgroup on geropsychology

The Geropsychology Working Group activities focus mainly on research related to healthy aging. Participants in our projects are therefore usually healthy older adults. Another area of our interest is mental disorders occurring in older age; and gerontology at large.

Our areas of interest:

  • neuropsychological methods - normative and validation studies of internationally recognized methods
  • cognitive training in older adults through computer-based programs
  • psycholinguistic phenomena in older age

Starting January 2018, we work on Cognitive SuperAging project (KOSA), GAČR 18-06199S. The goals are i) to confirm different cognitive domains within our neuropsychological battery by confirmatory factor analysis, ii) to explain the difference between the roles of cognitive reserve and cognitive maintenance, iii) to describe cognitive superaging besides memory also in other domains.

Since January 2017 we work on the project Impact of settlement size on cognition in older age, COURAGE (COgnition-URban_AGEing), DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/KWXDU, GAČR 17-14829S. We intend to find whether there are differences between retired persons in rural versus urban areas in cognitive test performance and in perceived life-pace.

Since January 1, 2016, our team is working on a project Cognitive Predictors of Neurodegeneration (Principal Investigator: Ondřej Bezdíček, Ph.D.; GAČR  16-01781S). The goal of the study is to link long-term cognitive predictors (based on explicit memory tests) and rate of MTL atrophy (through MRI scans in the first and the third year) to estimate their predictive potential for the conversion of healthy aging (HA) into mild cognitive impairment or dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease. By this design we expect to test the hypothesis that brief, non-invasive and cost-effective cognitive measures and MRI are efficient tools for the estimation of risk of conversion of HA into neurodegenerative disease. This project is a follow-up of the NANOK study.

In 2012-2015 we worked on a project the National Normative Study of Cognitive Determinants of Healthy Aging (NANOK) supported by the Internal Grant Agency of Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic (under grant Nr. NT13145-4/2012; Principal Investigator: Miloslav Kopeček, MD, Ph.D.). The main goal of the project was to provide neuropsychological norms for tests used in screening and diagnostics of cognitive impairment in older adults. Performance in neuropsychological tests is often afftected by culture and language status, age and education, therefore it is not correct to use norms from other cultures or younger populations. Neuropsychological assessment is a necessary part of the diagnostic process in case of cognitive impairment (e.g. dementia syndrome). Our team continually publishes results of the project in local and international journals and introduces them to colleagues at seminars and conferences.  

Data from NANOK are available for further analyses upon request from the research team.

 

The latest publications (to be) issued:

  • Heissler, R., Kopeček, M., Pachana, N.A., Franková, V., Štěpánková Georgi, H. (2018). Inventář Geriatrické úzkosti (GAI) a jeho zkrácená verze GAI-SF: Česká normativní studie [Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) and its short form GAI-SF: Czech normative study]. Československá psychologie, 62(5), 446-460.
  • Stepankova Georgi, H., Horakova Vlckova, K., Lukavsky, J., Kopecek, M., & Bares, M. (2018). Beck Depression Inventory-II: Self-report or interview-based administrations show different results in older personsInternational Psychogeriatrics, 1-8. Published on-line 09 October 2018. doi:10.1017/S1041610218001187.

  • Frydrychová, Z., Kopeček, M., Bezdíček, O., & Štěpánková Georgi, H. (2018). České normy pro revidovaný Reyův auditorně-verbální test učení (RAVLT) pro populaci starších osob [Czech norms for the revised Rey Auditory-Verbal Learling test (RAVLT) for older persons]. Československá psychologie, 62(4), 330-349.

  • Nikolai, T., Stepankova, H., Kopecek, M., Sulc, Z., Vyhnalek, M., & Bezdicek, O. (2018). The Uniform Data Set, Czech version: Normative data in older adults from an international perspective. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 61(3), 1233-1240. doi: 10.3233/JAD-170595

  • Nikolai, T., Bezdíček, O., Marková, H., Štěpánková, H., Michalec, H., Kopeček, M., Dokoupilova, M., Hort, J., & Vyhnálek, M. (2018). Semantic verbal fluency impairment is detectable in patients with subjective cognitive declineApplied Neuropsychology: Adult, 25(5),448-457. On-line first May 26, 2017. doi: 10.1080/23279095.2017.1326047

  • Kopecek, M., Stepankova, H., Lukavsky, J., Ripova, D., Nikolai, T., & Bezdicek, O. (2017). Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA): Normative Data for Old and Very Old Czech Adults. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 24(1), 23-29. On-line first May 4, 2016. doi: 10.1080/23279095.2015.1065261

  • Kopecek, M., Bezdicek, O., Sulc, Z., Lukavsky, J., & Stepankova, H. (2017). Montreal Cognitive Assessment and Mini-Mental State Examination Reliable Change Indices in Healthy Older Adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 32(8), 868-875. On-line first June 29, 2016. doi: 10.1002/gps.4539

  • Markova, H., Andel, R., Stepankova, H., Kopecek, M., Nikolai, T., Hort, J., … Vyhnalek, M. (2017). Subjective Cognitive Complaints in Cognitively Healthy Older Adults and Their Relationship to Cognitive Performance and Depressive Symptoms. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 59(3), 871–881. doi: 10.3233/JAD-160970

  • Mazancova, A., Nikolai, T., Stepankova, H., Kopecek, M., & Bezdicek, O. (2017). The Reliability of Clock Drawing Test Scoring Systems Modeled on the Normative Data in Healthy Aging. Assessment, 24(7), 945-957. On-line first March 1, 2016. doi: 10.1177/1073191116632586

  • Horáková, K., Štěpánková, H., Bezdíček, O., & Kopeček, M. (2017). Kontrolované učení ve starším věku [Controlled learning in older age]. Československá psychologie, 61(3), 213–229.

  • Bezdicek, O., Sulc, Z., Nikolai, T., Stepankova, H., Kopecek, M., Jech, R., & Ruzicka, E. (2017). A Parsimonious Scoring and Normative Calculator for the Parkinson’s Disease Mild Cognitive Impairment Battery. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 31(6-7), 1231-1247.On-line first February 28, 2017. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2017.1293161

  • Bezdicek, O., Stepankova, H., Axelrod, B., Nikolai, T., Sulc, Z., Jech, R., Ruzicka, E., & Kopecek, M. (2017). Clinimetric Validity of the Trail Making Test Czech Version in Parkinson᾽s Disease and Normative Data for Older Adults. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 31(S1), 42-60.On-line first May 23, 2017. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2017.1324045

  • Červenková, M., Heissler, R., Rulseh, A., Schmand, B., & Bezdíček, O. (2017). Kognitivní prediktory neurodegenerativních onemocnění [Cognitive predictors of neurodegeneration]. In E. Maierová, L. Viktorová, J. Suchá, & M. Dolejš (Eds.). In PhD Existence: česko-slovenská psychologická konference (nejen) pro doktorandy a o doktorandech (s. 87-92). Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci. Získáno z http://contexo.cz/files/other/filemanager/Files/PHD%20VII/sbornik2017.pdf

 

List of publications until 2016 HERE

Other resources:

Software PVLT (Philadlephia Verbal Learning Test)
Information here. Download from this webpage here 

Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) - Video manual.

Interdisciplinary gerontological conference Ageing 2014 - Conference proceedings: http://www.konferencestarnuti.cz/files/Starnuti_2014_sbornik.pdf
ISBN 978-80-87878-11-8

Clinical-psychology Day, where the published results of the National Normative Study of Cognitive Determinants of Healthy Aging will be introduced: 12 October, 2015. Venue:  Velký sál Lékařského domu, Sokolská 31, Praha 2; 9.00 - 13.30 hod. http://www.cmps.ecn.cz/?page=kpd 

Co-operation

Our research is complemented with efforts to disseminate the knowledge obtained and thus improve practice through educational and promotional activities among proofessionals and general public, usually in cooperation with the  Working Group for Geropsychology ČMPS , and with the support from the 3rd Medical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague. 

We co-operate with colleagues from other disciplines and other institutions (e.g. Institute of Psychology of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; Memory Clinic, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Motol; Department of Neurology and Centre of Clinical Neuroscience, General Teaching Hospital in Prague; 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague; Sport Research Center, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University in Prague; Department of General Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague; Human-Computer Interaction Group, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague; Czech-Moravian Psychological Society; Working Memory and Plasticity Lab, School of Education, University of California, Irvine, USA; etc.).

Team members

Šulc, Zdeněk, Ing. Rulseh, Aaron Michael, MUDr., Ph.D.
Červenková, Markéta, Mgr. Kopeček, Miloslav, MUDr., Ph.D.
Vlčková, Karolína, Mgr. (Horáková) Bezdíček, Ondřej, Mgr., Ph.D.
Frydrychová, Zuzana, Mgr. Heissler, Radek, Bc.
Vidovićová, Lucie, Mgr., Ph.D.
 


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