Neuropsychologist

A Neuropsychologist is a psychologist who is trained in understanding the relationship between the brain and behavior. Professionals in this area often focus on how injuries or illnesses of the brain affect cognitive functions and behaviors.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Data Analysis

  • Passion for Mental Health care 

  • Critical thinking 

  • Report writing and documentation

  • Excellent communication skills

PROS

  • More precise than other fields of psychology- direct and quantitative methods are used for diagnosis

  • It is rewarding to make a difference in someone else's life

  • Good average salary

  • Extremely transferable to different professions in the same/similar field

CONS

  • It can be quite stressful and emotionally exhausting to see a patient deteriorate

  • Education is a long and expensive process

  • Extremely hard to get into the field- requires extensive skill, knowledge and experience

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Hospital/nursing home

  • Private practise 

  • Research 

  • Academia

  • Have a passion for learning new things everyday 

  • Critically think and analyse each problem

  • Enjoy interpreting data and test results

  • Prefer following up and completing projects rather than procrastinating 

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • Neuropsychology has been around for a really really long time- As early as 3500 B.C.E., Egyptian priest Imhotep began studying the effects the brain has on behavior. Hippocrates argued that the brain directly affected behavior 

  • Philosopher Rene Descartes was intensely fascinated by how the mind arises from the brain, though he has been criticized for using highly unscientific methods. Nevertheless, he performed numerous animal dissections in an attempt to understand the workings of the brain and body

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