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What do Clinical Neurologists Do?
0:00A neuropsychologist really looks at the interplay between how the brain functions
0:05and what the brain does, and how that impacts what you do in the rest of your life--
0:09socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively.
0:13The bulk of what a neuropsychologist does is that through assessment,
0:17we administer a battery of tests that tap into different functions of the brain.
0:23So some of the tests, we'll look at whole brain function.
0:26Some of the tests, we'll look really very specific functions of different areas of the brain,
0:31to kind of look at how they're all working together or not working together,
0:35and then to apply that to difficulties that people may be having in their life,
0:40as the result of an injury or an accident or some kind of disease process.
0:44It's really--largely it's a diagnostic field.
0:47that really looks at more closely why people are acting the way that they are acting
0:54based on how their brain is processing information.
0:58A subset of that is a rehabilitation neuropsychologist who does
1:02much of the same kind of assessment, but then also works in the rehabilitation world
1:07and helps a lot of the treatment team, in terms of their ability to implement
1:13some of their therapeutic practices, based on what we've learned
1:16about how the brain is functioning.
1:19Neuropsychologists can do some cognitive rehabilitation themselves.
1:23Very often it is referred out to other disciplines, occupational therapy, speech therapy.
1:28We also can do some therapy, again, based on--largely it's based on adjustment to
1:33disability and injury, dealing with some of the psycho-social issues that go along with
1:38acquiring some kind of a disability,
1:40and adjusting to the fact that your brain is not working
1:42the way that it used to.
1:44Most people don't think about all of the stuff that their brain does,
1:47so that when it's not functioning properly, they have a sense of
1:51"I don't feel like myself," and are not quite sure why that is.
1:55So a neuropsychologist may do a lot of education about why that is,
1:58based on the results of the tests that we've got.