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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Neuropsychology?
Neuropsychology is the science of studying the relationship between the brain and behavior. Neuropsychological testing relies on tests that are normed on the general population and enables the neuropsychologist to better understand a patient's strengths and weaknesses through statistical analyses. We can then develop a plan of care to address these issues that are related to home, school, work and everyday life.
What training is involved in order to be a Neuropsychologist?
A neuropsychologist is a doctor who is trained in psychology and pursues advanced training in neurology and rehabilitation through their internship and fellowship. The neuropsychologist receives advanced training in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropathology. A basic understanding of the central nervous system helps the neuropsychologist to understand and treat functional and adaptive behavior from a developmental perspective.A very small percentage of neuropsychologists pursue board certification. Board certification is an excellent way to ensure that your doctor has been reviewed by their peers and passes the basic level of competence to perform neuropsychological examinations.
How does a Clinical Psychologist differ from a Neuropsychologist ?
A clinical psychologist evaluates and treats patients based on the way they think, act and behave. A neuropsychologist evaluates how your brain influences your ability to think, act, and feel as well as providing strategies to help you learn and function at your highest potential. This includes an analysis of your learning style, ability to attend and recall information, problem solve, and multi-task.
How long will the evaluation take?
A neuropsychological assessment varies depending upon the question asked and the age of the patient. Short evaluations that assess medication effects, concussion, and/or attentional concerns may only take a few hours. On the other hand, comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations can take 5 to 6 hours of testing, specifically for neurological evaluations that require detailed information.
What areas are assessed in a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
A neuropsychological assessment typically assesses the following neurocognitive abilities:
Attention Academic Achievement
Executive Ability and Problem
Solving Language Function
Sensory-Perceptual Ability Motor Function
Adaptive Behavior & Personality