Cognitive Neuropsychology

Understanding Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology at The Valens Clinic in Dubai is a branch of psychology that delves into the enigmatic world of the human brain and bridges the gap between the physical brain and the intricacies of human behavior. It is a field that has gained increasing importance in recent years as we try to understand the brain’s role in shaping our thoughts, cognition, emotions, and behavior.

What is Neuropsychology?

At its core, neuropsychology is the study of how brain structures and functions related to human behaviors, emotions, and cognition.

The specialty seeks to answer questions like: Do I have ADHD? Why is my attention impaired? Why can’t I focus? How do I improve my memory skills? How does a person’s way of thinking, feeling, and acting, modulate and shape brain connectivity? How does damages to specific brain areas affect a person’s ability to think, feel, and act?

To better understand neuropsychology, one must first grasp the complexity of the human brain. With its billions of interconnected neurons, the brain serves as the command center for our entire body. It processes information, controls our movements, stores our memories, and generates our emotions. Neuropsychologists investigate how various brain regions work together to create our mental and emotional experiences.

Clinical Applications

One of the most prominent applications of neuropsychology is in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders such as Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), dementias (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease), epilepsy, traumatic brain injury (TBI), strokes, and trauma and stress-related disorders. For instance, if someone experiences attentional difficulties, memory impairment, or challenges in decision-making, a neuropsychological assessment can help determine the origin and extent of cognitive difficulties, establish which functions are impaired or in deficit, and guide the development of brain training programs to aid rehabilitation and improvement.


How Can Neuropsychologists Help?

Neuropsychology in Training and Education

Now, you might wonder how neuropsychology relates to training and education. Neuropsychology aids by providing valuable insights into how the brain processes information, learns, and retains knowledge. For instance, knowing how the brain acquires new skills can inform instructional design and pedagogical strategies, ultimately improving the learning experience for individuals. Neuropsychological principles can also inform corporate trainings and development programs; understanding how the brain acquires and retains new information can lead to the design of more effective and engaging training materials and methods.

Neuropsychology in the Workplace

Understanding how our brain works can have various implications and applications in the workplace. Knowing an individual’s strengths and areas of improvement through cognitive profiling, can offer valuable insight on domains such as attention, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making.

In the workplace, these cognitive abilities are crucial for tasks, ranging from project management to problem-solving. Understanding how the brain processes information can help individuals optimize their cognitive performance and make informed decisions. Additionally, Neuropsychology research has shed light on emotional processing in the brain. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is highly relevant in work settings, influencing interpersonal relationships, teamwork, leadership, and conflict resolution. Therefore, individuals with a strong EQ can navigate workplace challenges more effectively.

Our neuropsychologists in Dubai are all licensed from the Dubai Health Authority and their respective countries.


Our NeuroPsychologists are Skilled and Experienced


Carla Khalil

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Traumatic Brain Injury Epilepsy Autism Dementia