Neuroanatomy for Neuropsychologists
The field of neuropsychology, as its name suggests, is firmly grounded in brain structure. For practitioners of clinical neuropsychology, or other neuroclinical disciplines, a coherent framework for understanding the impact of developmental anomalies, injuries, and disease on the brain is essential. For researchers, an overview of gross neuroanatomy helps to locate investigative endeavours in a macro-level context.
Online Neuroanatomy for Neuropsychologists approaches brain structure from a number of perspectives. The first is developmental, on the premise that it is very difficult to understand structural relations without understanding how they emerge over the course of the development from conception to maturity. The second is related to the kinds of disorders that clinical neuropsychologists encounter in practice. This perspective not only informs an understanding of the affected person, but also enhances the student's ability to conceptualize structural organization. Third, neuroanatomy in clinical settings is predominantly represented in magnetic resonance images. Understanding magnetic resonance neuroanatomy is an important adjunct to the neuroclinical skillset, and an accessible way of visualising and appreciating brain structure. Finally, derivation of anatomical terms makes remembering them much easier, and will be pointed out as new terms are introduced.