Studies the effect that changes in brain function and structure can have on psychological processes e.g. personality, memory, speech, orientation etc.
Changes can occur as a result of genetic influences, chemical imbalances, tumours or strokes etc.
- is interested in which functions are affected and how they have changed.
- the neuropsychologist carries out psychological tests and can make a link between the patient’s symptoms and specific areas and functions of the brain. This helps to establish a diagnosis in diseases such as Alzheimers, dyslexia, speech disorders etc.
- The results of a neuropsychological examination can often detect diseases in their early stages, when other investigations such as CT scans and MRI would still be normal.