Your neuropsychology experts located in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Neuropsychology is the study of brain and behavior. The human brain is far and away the most complex computing device we know of. As Neuropsychologists, our job is to help patients and their doctors understand how someone’s thinking, reasoning and memory may have changed as a result of a brain injury or illness. We are clinical psychologists and spend as much time as is needed trying to understand people’s emotional life and the changes one’s emotions have undergone. A large part of our work is to help our patients’ and their families understand the changes they are going through.
We typically begin an evaluation with a review of current problems and a comprehensive clinical interview. The interview involves discussion of a patient’s reported problems, what led up to them, and we strive to learn about any other pertinent information. The information collected during the interview is used to develop a contextual understanding of the person, their history, and their current cognitive and emotional strengths and weaknesses. The clinical interview may incorporate the collateral report of parents, family, friends, and educators, and a review of available medical, academic, or legal records, as needed.
The clinical interview is followed by an assessment of brain function using neuropsychological tests and measures. A neuropsychological evaluation may include paper and pencil tests; manual, visual, or auditory tasks; or computer-based measures, to help us understand each patient’s strengths and weakness. In essence, you will be asked to think, remember, and concentrate very hard. The examination results are then interpreted in the context of a person’s history and experiences to inform clinically indicated diagnoses and treatment recommendations.
An examination may take from an hour to a full day, and our staff will help you to plan, schedule, and prepare for your examination.
Neuropsychological examination can help diagnose and describe the changes in thinking related to conditions such as: