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CoastLine: Neuropsychologist On Fostering Healthy Brains; Why War Zone Brain Injury Is Prolific

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That gap between what happens in the brain and what comes out as behavior is the field of clinical neuropsychology.  Its application can range from diagnosing and treating military personnel to people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis or dementia. 

New research shows there are at least 53 different ways to injure the brain in a battle zone – including the previously-unexamined impacts of the blasts from improvised explosive devices. 

Here to help us understand the implications of these studies – and the trends in the field of neuropsychology is Dr. Antonio Puente.  He’s a Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  As a clinical neuropsychologist, he founded and co-directs a bi-lingual practice, Cape Fear Clinic, in Wilmington that serves people who are poor and underinsured.  He founded, and for ten years, edited the quarterly scientific journal, Neuropsychology Review.  He’s is also Past President of the American Psychological Association.