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Excerpt: "Clinical neuropsychology is primarily concerned with how expressions of behavior are affected by brain dysfunction (Lezak, 1995). A neuropsychological assessment consists of a series of systematic clinical diagnostic procedures used to determine the extent of behavioral or cognitive deficits after a person sustains brain injury or damage (see Brain Injuries). It initially involves a clinical interview in which detailed information about the patient's history, premorbid functioning, and factors surrounding the precipitation of the dysfunction or damage are gathered. Often a mental status examination is then performed, in which a brief assessment is made of appearance and behavior, speech and communication processes, thought content, cognitive and memory functions, emotional functioning, insight and judgment, and orientation (Gregory, 1996)."


Originally published in D. G. Benner & P. C. Hill (Eds.), Baker encyclopedia of psychology and counseling (2nd ed., pp. 789-790), Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 1999.

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