GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
What is neuropsychology and how can it be helpful?
Neuropsychology is the study of brain-behavior relationships. Clinical neuropsychologists apply this knowledge to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with neurological, psychiatric, or other medical conditions.
Neuropsychologists gather a range of information about each patient, including a detailed history and measures of cognitive and behavioral functioning. This information is obtained by review of past medical records, an interview of the patient and family, and direct patient assessment. The neuropsychological assessment may yield findings not observable using other techniques, such as brain imaging or gross neurological examination. The information obtained by a neuropsychological evaluation can be instrumental in helping the patient and family cope better with existing behaviors and symptoms.
Who should get a neuropsychological assessment?
Often, patients are referred for neuropsychological assessment by other medical professionals such as neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and primary care physicians. Among the range of reasons why an adult might be referred for a neuropsychological assessment include:
- changes or concern about cognitive functioning
- changes or concern about personality
- changes or concern about behavior