WESTBOROUGH, MA Neuropsychology is a scientific discipline that falls between psychiatry and neurology. A neuropsychologist is one who practice this exciting field of study. They are first – psychologists who practice mental health care and treatment. Neuropsychologists have well established testing protocols to assess intelligence, concentration, components of attention, short-term memory, learning, and higher order problem solving and reasoning.
“The clock drawing is an almost ubiquitous task on neurocognitive functioning that most clinicians are now using to determine whether or not there is evidence of cognitive slippage in the person being evaluated.” Michael Sefton, Ph.D., 2015
Neuropsychology is a specialty that attempts to understand brain-behavior relationships including changes in personality that occur from traumatic brain injury, dementia, stroke, acquired brain injury from infection, and developmental syndromes like those on the autistic spectrum.
These pages will add detail to the neuropsychological underpinnings of concussion and other central nervous system afflictions. Check back here for interesting topics and send me recommendations for others. The first topic of interest is the task of clock drawing.
“Renowned neuropsychologist Dr. Edith Kaplan too had a love affair with clocks (and owls as I recall) and taught us the unique importance of this seemingly simple neuropsychological instrument.” Michael Sefton, Ph.D. , 2015
According to Michael Sefton, Ph.D., “the clock represents a visual motor task that integrates planning, organization and problem solving.” It can be a valuable screening tool for someone who might have subtle cognitive changes. Click on the tab here and look at some of the clocks of patients who sat and interacted with Sefton almost normally.
Michael Sefton, Ph.D.
Sefton, M. (2015) All this from a clock? Blog post: https://concussionassessment.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/all-this-from-a-clock-a-cognitive-test-for-the-ages/ . Taken January 26, 2018