What is neuropsychological assessment?
Neuropsychological assessment evaluates cognitive functioning based on an individual’s performance on objective, specialized tests. Different tests are used to evaluate specific functions (such as processing speed, problem solving, and working memory). The results of these tests are interpreted to determine strengths, weaknesses, and possible brain-related conditions and neurological disorders. Neuropsychological assessment can help individuals better understand their current functioning and plan a course to recovery.
Who might benefit from this type of assessment?
Individuals who have undergone, or are believed to have undergone, a brain injury will benefit from a neuropsychological assessment. This testing provides answers about a patient’s current functioning, including cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Testing also helps provide clarity about whether an individual can safely live independently, return to work or school, drive, manage his or her own household, and other similar questions about independent functioning.
What kind of testing does this involve?
A full neuropsychological assessment typically consists of a combination of tests of mental capacity, including:
- attention, memory, and learning
- executive function (planning, organization, and decision-making)
- problem solving
- perceptual and motor skills
- academic skills
- language skills
- personality, emotional status, and behavior
What kind of a report can I expect?
A psychodiagnostic assessment report is a comprehensive document that includes detailed results and a summary for each test, as well as a synthesis of the testing that provides a picture of neurological functioning and diagnosis. All of our reports also provide tailored recommendations based on testing results. Our team will communicate with you and your doctor to discuss results, answer questions, and review recommendations for improving cognitive functioning, emotional well-being, and recovery.
Want to learn more?
We recommend the following online resource:
Brainline.org: A Guide to Neuropsychological Testing