Introducing Clinical Neuropsychology,
MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER TACOMA WA
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Clinical neuropsychology is a specialized field of endeavor which seeks to apply the knowledge of human brain-behavior relationships to clinical problems. Human brain-behavior relationships refer to the study of research-derived associations between an individuals behavior, both normal and abnormal, and the functioning of his or her brain. The clinical neuropsychologist takes extensive measurements of a variety of kinds of human behavior, including receptive and expressive language, problem-solving skills, reasoning and conceptualization abilities, learning, memory, perceptual-motor skills, etc. From this complex and detailed set of behavioral measurements, a variety of inferences can be drawn relating directly to the functioning of an individuals brain. Thus, in clinical neuropsychology, the operation and condition of an individuals brain is assessed by tacking measures of his or her intellectual, emotional and sensory-motor functioning.