is one of the world’s leading neuropsychologists and we were lucky enough to have a quick cat with him at a medical conference last week. This is a branch of science which poses many questions and in truth it is something of a new aspect of medicine which we still have a great deal to learn about. After our chat with the good doctor we have a deeper understanding of what neuropsychology is and what it can treat, and here is a brief guide so that you have the same understanding.
Neuropsychology is a specialization within psychology which combines neurology and psychology, the study of the brain and the study of the mind. This speciality is dedicated to understanding the function of the brain and how our behaviors and our cognitive functions are connected. Ultimately neuropsychology is a science which is gaining more exposure as we realize the power which the brain has in terms of our actions and thoughts.
What Can Neuropsychology Treat?
This aspect of medicine can be used to treat a wide range of behavioral and mental problems and as we learn more about the connection between neurology and psychology, we can understand and help to remedy more conditions. As it stands we are able to treat diseases and disorders such as ADHD, learning disorders, Endocrine diseases, brain tumors and cancer, Alzheimer’s epilepsy, seizures, autism, sports concision, brain trauma, Klinefelter syndrome and a wide range of issues which previously we have had no solution for.
Whilst not always directly life threatening, this disorders and diseases can have a hugely negative impact on people’s lives and the more that we know about them, the sooner we can find ways to treat them and the better we can make people’s lives .
Neuropsychologists have significantly more training that psychologists because they are not only learning about the causes and effects of psychological disorders but also neurological issues, as well as the connection between the two. Within neuropsychology there are a number of areas of specialization, which are as follows:
Executive Functioning – These are necessary skills for multi-tasking, organizing and executing instructions.
Focus and Attention – Concentration issues, focus, and planning fall under this bracket of neuropsychology.
Intellectual Function – The ability to think, reason, communicate and learning.
Motor Skills – Reaction time, coordination, this area focusses generally on neurological disorders.
There are also some other aspects such as speech and language, memory, and adaptive functioning which relates to the ability to react and function in a social situation.
Neuropsychology takes a more medical approach to these issues, rather than a purely psychological approach. In the past we thought that people’s behavior could change with ease but we are learning far more about how people’s brains are wired, and how we may be able to improve their overall health with an approach which is both medicinal and psychological.