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Neuropsychology Brain Fanatics is a group of clinical psychology doctoral students looking to hold discussions on topics related to neuropsychology… the field that looks at the relationship between the human brain and our thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
Neuropsychology is a relatively new field that combines psychology with neuroscience, and we hope that our meetups will address some topics that can be either explained or addressed by neuropsychologists. These include (but are not limited to):
-ADHD in Adults and College Students
-Giftedness in Children and Adults
-Dementia and other Degenerative Disorders
-Concussions and Brain Injuries
-Recreational Effects of Marijuana Use
-Language & Speech Delays
- and many more interesting subjects.
Our group’s aim is to reach anyone interested or having questions on any of the topics related to neuropsychology that will be presented at each meetup meeting. We are inviting a Clinical Neuropsychologist for each meeting to help facilitate discussion and answer detailed questions.
This meetup is all about Chicago community; so all questions and interested parties are welcome! Caregivers, parents, teachers, coaches, players, and students come on out and learn about neuropsychology!
To help spark your interest, here is some general information about neuropsychology:
What is it?
Clinical neuropsychology is a relatively new field of human psychology that focuses on how learning and behavior are associated with the brain. The main role of a neuropsychologist is to help verify a specific diagnosis, identify strengths and weaknesses related to thinking and learning, and propose the most optimal treatment interventions or accommodations.
What does a neuropsychologist do?
Neuropsychologist can be found in multiple settings such as hospitals, schools, private practices, and clinics. Neuropsychologists perform diagnostic assessments, provide/design treatment, or suggest accommodations for individuals who may have difficulties with attention, learning, behavior, emotional control, neurological issues, or developmental diseases just to name a few.
What does a neuropsychological evaluation tell you?
A neuropsychological evaluation assists in better understanding an individual’s function in areas such as memory, thinking skills, attention, perception, coordination, language, emotions, and personality.
Who is assessed?
Neuropsychologists typically assess people who are concerned with some aspects of their thinking skills. These concerns may be related to:
(1) a specific medical concern, such as concussions, epilepsy, or autism
(2) learning issues such as reading problems, math issues, or attention deficits
(3) possible progressive disorders, such as dementia
(4) helping to verify if a specific treatment plan has any potential side effects on thinking and/or behavior.
In addition, neuropsychologists occasionally see children and adults to assess possible giftedness and /or try to establish a specific profile of strengths and weaknesses. These types of assessments are used to guide future career paths or design the most optimal learning strategies for a person.