Psychology means the study of the mind and behavior which is derived from the Greek word psyche, meaning “soul”, “spirit”, “mind”, “life”, and “breathe” combined with the Greek logos, here use as “statement”, “expression”, and “discourse”, often thought of today as “ology” as the study of. Psychology is used in our everyday life sometimes we use psychology and don’t even notice it. Psychology is very important because it deals with the study of the mental processes and behavior at the same time. I chose psychology because I was interested in how the mind work, so I simply became interested in neuropsychology. Neuropsychology is the study of the relationship between behavior, emotion, cognition and the brain function. I became interested in psychology when I was in high school, I was always told that I should be a counselor because I was so great a help people with their everyday problems, I was even good at helping myself with my own problems, but what I was most interested in was how the brain works an helping mentally ill people.
In spring of two-thousand seventeen I took general psychology, and I begin what I was going to do what my psychology degree after finishing undergrad, so I started doing some research on fields in psychology and two specializations that caught my eye which was neuropsychology and health psychology. Neuropsychology was my favorite field because I enjoyed figuring out why the brain does this and how a certain person act the way they do. I also decided to major in psychology and further my degree in neuropsychiatry because my mother who is a veteran has a mild psychological disorder called PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and that was one of the many reasons why I choose neuropsychology, to research and find out how these illnesses affect the brain, emotions, or how a person develop these illnesses. Another reason I became fond of neuropsychology because I would always be reading articles on mental illnesses.
Neuropsychology is the study of the structure and function of the brain as they relate to the psychological disorder/illnesses. Neuropsychologists evaluate and treat people with various types of disorder that may be related to the nervous system, neuropsychologist work closely with doctors, especially with neurologist. The field of neuropsychology puts it attention on the development of a science on one person’s behavior based on the function of their brain. This science correlates the mind with the brain and body. Neuropsychologist pursuing a career in experimental side tends to work in research settings, such as, universities, laboratories Experimental neuropsychology is the research side of the field that develops new hypothesis of the nervous system. Clinical neuropsychology more on the medical side, which is a specialty professional setting that have assessments and interventions based upon on the scientific study of human behavior whether its classified as normal or abnormal of the CNS.
The history of neuropsychology began before decades ago, there have said there are traces and evidence that neuropsychology did exists. Neuropsychology didn’t really emerge until the early parts of the 20th century. The father of neuropsychology is Donald O. Hebb. Dated back around 400 B.C Hippocrates attempted to correlate the brain and the mind with what he knew about anatomical localization.
Neuropsychologist make different salaries depending on their years and qualifications. A person who is a recent graduate from medical school make anywhere from $94,100-$95,000, which is a decent amount of money in your field. Salaries increases as you gai experience throughout the years you van almost make $200,000 a year, which is a huge amount of money a month. Neuropsychiatrist can make on an average of $152,000 right after graduate school as of 2014. The highest paid state for neuropsychologist and neuropsychiatrist is in Washington D.C (“So You Want to Be a Neuropsychologist?”, 2017). The theories associated with neuropsychology is the cognitive theory, the study of normal cognition in humans and behavioral theory the blending of behavioral theories and neuropsychology principles.
Neuropsychologist education requirements for graduate school are slightly different from undergraduate requirements. The requirements for graduate school/medical school consist of the applicant sending in official undergraduate transcript, GRE (test score these scores make its very competitive for a chance at your dream graduate school), Statement of purpose, Resume or curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation ( having more than one outstanding letter of recommendation can raise your chance at graduate school), lastly a diversity statement which is optional. To be consider for graduate school you must have an undergraduate degree (4 years) in psychology, biology, pre-med.
A master is not required to be accepted into a doctoral program for neuropsychology; most programs will accept applicants with a bachelor’s degree in one the required fields. In the midst of obtaining your doctoral you have to commit seven plus years to graduate school and residency, you have to obtain a license, get postdoctoral experience and become board certified. Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia is my top pick school to pursue my graduate program at.
There requirements are just like the ones listed in the paragraph above. There graduate program is very competitive because they have a large number of students submitting applications for the graduate program, not only in neuropsychology but other psychology programs as well. Emory university is one of the known medical school in Georgia.