PSYB65 - Chapter 15 - Nov 22, 2010

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Chapter 15: Neuropsychological Assessment
Module 15.1: Participants in a Neuropsychology Assessment
-To primarily determine whether brain damage was present, which is sometimes called
organicity.
-Goals:
Diagnose conditions that are not readily detectable by using neuroimaging (e.g. early
detection of Alzheimer’s disease)
Assess quality of life and to evaluate the clients capacity to succeed in his/her present
environment (e.g. assessing whether the person will be able to return to work)
THE CLIENT
-Can be referred as a participant, patient, subject, or client. Clinical neuropsychologists refer
to the people they assess as their clients.
-There is no ‘typical neuropsychological client.
NEUROLOGISTRADIOLOGISTCLINICAL
NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST
Definition Diagnoses and treats
disorders of the nervous
system, which includes
disorders of the CNS and
PNS
Specialized training in
obtaining and interpreting
images of human body
and/or treating conditions
using radiological science
Assess, manage, and
rehabilitate individuals who
are suffering from
neurological disorders,
regardless of cause
Education Medical university training,
medical school in doctor
degree, and specialty
training in neurology
residency
Premedical training,
medical training, and a
residency in their
specialty
Do not have medical training
Undergraduate degree,
Master’s degree, and doctorate
degree
Internship program
What
They Do
-Trained to perform a
detailed examination of
the neurological
structures throughout the
body (testing of relatively
basic sensory and motor
functions, in some cases,
testing of cognitive
abilities)
-Administer a lumbar
puncture (spinal tap) to
obtain cerebrospinal fluid
for further testing
-Do not perform surgeries
-Review and interpret a
scans result, and write
a report detailing the
findings for primary
care physician /
neurologists
-Behavioural testing for
patients
Suffering a brain injury medical treatment (by general physician/emergency room attendant)
neurological examination results interpreted by radiologist, consults with neurologist 
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