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A neuropsychological evaluation is utilized to better understand how your brain functions. It includes a battery of tests to assess various areas of cognitive function or thinking processes. These areas of functioning include memory, learning, attention/concentration, language, reasoning, visuospatial skills and executive functioning (abstract thinking, planning, organizing and problem solving). These tests are administered by a licensed psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychology.
Comprehensive neuropsychological testing typically requires 10-12 hours of total time including 4-6 hours of direct face-to-face time with the client. You will get breaks during the session and, in some cases, you might need to make more than one visit. Your provider will obtain a thorough medical history including specific concerns with cognitive functioning. Following an extensive clinical interview, your psychologist will administer several tests to measure your current level of cognitive functioning. At the conclusion of the evaluation, the psychologist will provide a comprehensive written evaluation and verbal feedback to interested parties. Your healthcare provider may refer you for neuropsychological evaluation for the following concerns:
Healthcare providers, including neurologists and primary care specialists, may request neuropsychological testing if they notice trends or changes such as:
You'll want to function at your best to get the most accurate results. Here are some tips:
Your neuropsychologist will write an in-depth report that explains your results. The report identifies both your strengths and any areas where you didn’t perform as expected. It includes recommendations and interventions to improve these skills, and possibly, referrals to other professionals.
It usually takes a couple of weeks for your neuropsychologist to score the tests, interpret the results and make recommendations. During this time, try to busy yourself with daily tasks and activities so you don’t worry too much about your results.