WHAT IS NEUROPSYCHOLOGY?

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Neuropsychological services at the Wallace-Kettering Neuroscience Institute (WKNI) were established in 1997. The goal of the Department of Neuropsychology is to contribute to the diagnosis of conditions that affect brain functioning while assisting in the care and adjustment of patients and their families.

Neuropsychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on relationships between the brain and behavior. The clinical neuropsychologist evaluates patients with objective, standardized tests of memory and cognitive skills. Once this detailed evaluation is completed, the pattern of strengths and weaknesses are used to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning. The neuropsychologist's recommendations are shared with the individual in a feedback session.

Neuropsychological evaluations are requested specifically to help your doctors and other professionals understand how different areas and systems of the brain are working. Testing is usually recommended when there are symptoms or complaints involving memory or thinking. This may be signaled by a change in concentration, organization, reasoning, memory, language, perception, coordination, or personality. The change may be due to any of a number of medical, neurological, psychological, or genetic causes such as Alzheimer's, brain attack (stroke), seizure disorders, cardiovascular disease, brain cancer, among others.