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BCoS Cognitive Screen

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Book Description

Following different kinds of brain damage, including stroke, head injury, carbon monoxide poisoning, and degenerative change, people can experience a range of cognitive problems, in addition to any difficulties in motor function. These problems strongly influence a patient’s ability to recover, but often patients are not routinely screened to detect them.

BCoS Cognitive Screen is a new test instrument. The test pack consists of a manual, a ringbound Test Book, the Auditory Attention Test stimuli on CD, a pack of 15 Examiner Booklets, a pack of 15 Examinee booklets, and a set of test objects, all contained in a durable messenger bag.

Developed to screen patients for cognitive problems, it provides a novel 'cognitive profile' across a range of cognitive processes within a one-hour testing session, that will indicate whether a patient has a clinical impairment (related to norms) in five primary domains of cognition:

  • Attention and executive function
  • Language
  • Memory
  • Number skills
  • Praxis and action

BCoS has been validated against ‘standard’ neuropsychological tests used to measure similar cognitive functions. It has also been used for prognostic modelling, and assessed against measures of cognition and activities of everyday living for patients in the chronic stage.

The first test of its kind, BCoS is an invaluable tool for neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, occupational and speech therapists, and a wide range of other clinical practitioners.

Training on administration of the assessment is available from http://www.cognitionmatters.co.uk/

The following items are available as free downloads from http://www.cognitionmatters.co.uk/ or buy them from Psychology Press:

BCoS Examiner's Booklet (Pack of 15): http://www.psypress.com/birmingham-cognitive-screen-9781848721074

BCoS Examinee's Booklet (Pack of 15): http://www.psypress.com/birmingham-cognitive-screen-9781848721081

BCoS Examiner's Booklet B (Pack of 15): http://www.psypress.com/birmingham-cognitive-screen-9781848721104

BCoS is supported by the Stroke Association, http://www.stroke.org.uk/

Table of Contents

1. Attention and Executive Functions. 2. Language. 3. Memory. 4. Number Skills. 5. Praxis. 6. Appendices.

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Glyn Humphreys is Watts Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and was formerly Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Birmingham and at Birkbeck College. He has edited the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Visual Cognition and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. He has been President of the Experimental Psychology Society and is currently President of the British Neuropsychological Society. He has won the British Psychological Society’s Spearman Medal, its Prize for Cognitive Psychology and its President’s Award for research. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Academy of Social Sciences and the British Academy.

Wai-Ling Bickerton is an occupational therapist who has worked as a clinician and a researcher. From 2002-2012, Wai-Ling helped develop the BCoS, assessed patients and trained health professionals from worldwide with the tool. Since 1992, she has managed large scale multi-centred research projects in psychiatry, neuro-rehabilitation and neuropsychology throughout the UK and Hong Kong, covering acute hospitals to long term community care.

Dana Samson is a cognitive neuropsychologist who has worked both as clinician and researcher. She has worked at the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham and currently directs research in affective and social cognitive neuroscience and teaches clinical neuropsychology at Université Catholique de Louvain.

Jane Riddoch is a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, having formerly been Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Birmingham. Jane has published 6 books and over 200 papers in leading papers in the field. She is a former President of the British Neuropsychology Society and on the executive committee of the Federation of European Neuropsychology Societies. Her research interests cover disorders of object recognition, attention and action, as well as neuropsychological rehabilitation.


"A useful tool for Speech and Language Therapists working in isolation to gain an understanding of a client’s cognitive skills and how this affects communication." - Jen Johnson, The Royal Hospital from Neuro-disability, UK, in Bulletin, The official magazine of The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists

"This is an important collection of stroke-appropriate cognitive testing materials and represents state-of-the-art cognitive neuropsychological theory put to clinical use. BCoS will be especially valuable in helping patients and family members understand the consequences of a stroke, it will foster communication about cognitive difficulties with the patient’s carers, and will support the identification of rehabilitation strategies." - Andrew Bateman, of the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation