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Chapter 15

Chapter 15 -Book- Neuropsychology :Clinical and Expt Foundations

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Chapter 15: Neuropsychological Assessment 15.1: Participants in a Neuropsychological Assessment Before CT or MRI scanners neuropsychological assessments were primarily concerned with determining whether any brain damage was present (organicity) then spent many hours to check where the brain damage was through behavioural testing Technological advances can now localize damage in short periods of time even in unconscious individuals goals of neuropsychological assessments have changed Goals of clinical neuropsychologists diagnose conditions that cant be readily detected through neuroimaging (i.e., AD), assess quality of life and to evaluate the clients capacity to succeed in hisher present environment (i.e., can they still go to work, should they move to a care facility?), and rehabilitation after bran injuries The Client AKA patient( usually form a medical doctors view), subject, or participant Neuropsychologists refer to the people they assess as their clients consumers of psychological services (i.e., assessment and treatment) No typical kind of client all ages vulnerable to nervous system damage Younger people- usually cause of nervous system damage = brain injuries from events such as motor vehicle accidents or falls Elderly people also suffer from traumatic head injury usually from falls especially in those aged 65-70 years old but the majority of older people suffer nervous system damage due to diseases (i.e., dementia, tumours, and CVAs) Middle aged- motor vehicles account for most traumatic head injuries The Neurologist In hospital settings often refer clients to neuropsychologists Neurology medical speciality that diagnoses, studies, and treats disorders of the CNS Neurologists a physician that diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system both in the CNS and PNS (nerves extending through the rest of the body) Usually advise the primary care physician on the type of treatment that should be carried out Education 2-4 years of premedical university training, four years of medical school (M.D. = doctor of medicine or D.O =doctor of osteopathy), and 3+ years of specialty training in neurology residency program Disorders can be of unknown etiology or caused by trauma, infection, tumours, metabolic disorders, etc Trained to perform detailed examinations of neurological structures throughout the body (sensory and motor functions) and sometimes also test cognitive abilities Also may obtain a lumbar puncture( spinal tap) to obtain CSF which can be tested www.notesolution.com
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