How the brain works and the assessment of cognitive functions

Neuropsychology refers to an area of scientific research looking at the interactions between the brain, psychological processes and behavior. This includes knowledge about the brain’s structure and functions, neurotransmitters and hormones, and its relationship to the body in its interactions with the world. The brain controls every aspect of our being – our senses and perception, bodily movements, internal bodily and cognitive functioning, emotions and behavior.

Neuropsychological assessment

A neuropsychological assessment aims to assess peoples’ cognitive functioning. This includes attention and concentration, processing speed, learning and memory, language, visual functions, and the more complex executive functions such as planning and problem solving. Our cognitive functioning affects the way we think and process information, emotion regulation and behavior, our ability to interact socially, to study and to work.

A neuropsychological assessment is typically performed when you would like to:

• Assess and describe cognitive functioning after acquired brain injury (stroke, accident, brain tumor etc.), in both children and adults.

• Assess and describe cognitive functioning in cases of suspected toxic damage to the brain, dementia, or other neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

• Assess and describe the level of intellectual functioning of persons with poor ability, for example to describe educational or work potential.

• Differentiate between the cognitive effects of poor ability, brain injury, stress, depression, pain or other medical or psychiatric disorders.

• Assess and describe cognitive functioning in relation to study and work-capability, rehabilitation plans or insurance cases.

Therapy & Coaching

I provide therapy and coaching to individuals experiencing cognitive difficulties, to individuals who have had a brain injury and their family members. I also assist people with cognitive difficulties to identity appropriate work tasks and general vocational options, and how to compensate for their difficulties in a work setting.

Cognitive training

When experiencing cognitive difficulties, such as attention and memory problems, cognitive training can help improve your cognitive abilities and help you develop effective compensatory strategies to overcome some of the cognitive difficulties you experience.

Teaching, Supervision & Consultation

I sometimes teach, supervise and do case-consultation to individuals and groups. The services are aimed at anyone working with people with brain injury, cognitive difficulties, ADHD and so forth. This can for example be personnel at specialized rehabilitation or support centers, out-patient personnel, social workers or school teachers.

Treatment Co-ordination

I have several years experience with facilitating and coordinating the rehabilitation process in complex cases related to brain injury and rehabilitation. This process typically involves assistance with developing an appropriate rehabilitation plan, goals assessment throughout the process, supervision on particular problems, and help to facilitate an optimal multidisciplinary team collaboration.