Neuropsychological testing is used in an effort to better understand how a person’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning are impacted by brain-based disorders. This testing can include some of the same test instruments that are used in psychological assessments; however, it is more in-depth in terms of exploring neurological causes. Individuals experiencing problems with memory, traumatic brain injury, attention/concentration, and thought processing may be referred for neuropsychological testing to establish present and future expectations for their abilities.
The tests evaluate a person’s abilities in a number of areas, including:
- Planning and conceptualization
- Long and short-term memory
- Mood state
- Emotional functioning and quality of life
A neuropsychological test battery generally begins with an initial interview with the patient and possibly significant adults in his or her life, such as a spouse/partner or parent(s). From this interview and a review of other records, the neuropsychologist can determine which tests are necessary. The testing session(s) will be scheduled in the coming weeks and insurance precertification will be obtained in this time.
On the day of testing, individuals can expect to spend a number of hours with us. Breaks can be taken as necessary. We encourage patients to get a good night’s sleep and have a good breakfast prior to coming to the evaluation. Most of the tests are paper and pencil, and the patient works one-on-one with the technician or neuropsychologist for much of the time. They are designed to determine the limits of the person’s abilities, so it is normal to feel frustrated at times. No one ever knows all the answers to all of the questions. Testing may be divided into several sessions depending on the patient’s needs.
After testing is completed, the patient and significant others will return for a feedback session in which the results and recommendations will be fully explained. They will also receive a written report detailing the evaluation’s results which can be used to coordinate care with other providers.
We encourage patients and family members to ask questions and express any concerns about the process or results with our neuropsychologist as they arise.