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What is neuropsychology?

February 1, 2017

 

What is the science of neuropsychology? What is a neuropsychological assessment? Neuropsychology is the study of the brain structures and functions and how they relate to human behaviours or psychological processes. It is the science that combines the expertise in two fields: neurology and psychology.

 

Neuropsychology is the study of the brain structures and functions and how they relate to human behaviours or psychological processes. It is the science that combines the expertise in two fields: neurology and psychology.

 

The primary objective with neuropsychology is to understand how an action or a decision is influenced by the brain (or how sub-optimal brain functioning can affect daily activities). There is also a specialization for the assessment, diagnostic and treatment of cognitive difficulties. To do so, standardized neuropsychological tests are used.

 

Neuropsychological assessment

Neuropsychological assessments rely on the use of standardized tests to build a profile of the cognitive functioning and establish strengths and weaknesses. The use of these tests means that they can be used as a normative data and as a comparative standard where the individual's performances can be compared.

 

An interest only for pathologies?

Neuropsychology does not only focus on pathologies or cognitive deficits nor do neuropsychologists only "administer tests". Although neuropsychologists are often requested to answer specific questions, they can also provide cognitive therapy and rehabilitation. More on this is published in a further post.

 

Neuropsychology has an interest for both normal and abnormal functioning of the various cognitive abilities. From cognition, to memory, to learning or personality aspects, neuropsychology can provide you a complete understanding of yourself.

 

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