Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological Testing Overview

What is it?
Neuropsychological tests measure memory, concentration, visual-spatial, problem solving, counting, and language skills.

Who needs this procedure?
Neuropsychological testing is performed to diagnose a brain disorder or disease, to monitor the progress of someone who is being treated for these types of conditions, or to screen for developmental delays or learning disorders in children. For example, people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or stroke, or are exhibiting signs of dementia, such as possible Alzheimer’s disease, are given standardized neuropsychological tests to evaluate their mental abilities.

How do I prepare for this procedure?
There are no special preparations for this test. The medical professional administering the test, however, should explain the procedure and the purpose of the test clearly. Unless the test is court ordered, you will be asked to sign a consent form.

How is this procedure performed?
Neuropsychological tests are administered by a neuropsychologist, a specialist trained in the relationship between the brain and mental functions such as memory, language, and perception. He or she will review your medical history, specifically noting any traumatic head injury or neurological symptoms. Neuropsychological tests are standardized tests. Some are administered in written form, which means you will read a question or look at a picture and then select a response. Other tests are administered orally, which means you will be asked to respond to a question or perform a skill, such as putting items in a certain order. In this case, the neuropsychologist will record your responses. Examples of these types of tests include the Bender Visual-Motor Gestalt test, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Benton Serial Digit Learning Test, Hopkins Verbal Learning Test, California Verbal Learning Test, Knox Cube Test, and the Wechsler Memory Scale. Results are analyzed, taking into account the patient’s age and developmental stage. The neuropsychologist also studies emotional responses and other aspects of a patient’s mental state so treatment for depression or other mental conditions can be pursued.

What can I expect after the procedure?
There are no side effects to this procedure. Your doctor will inform you of the results and prescribe appropriate treatment.

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What is it?
Neuropsychological tests measure memory, concentration, visual-spatial, problem solving, counting, and language skills.

Who needs this procedure?
Neuropsychological testing is performed to diagnose a brain disorder or disease, to monitor the progress of someone who is being treated for these types of conditions, or to screen for developmental delays or learning disorders in children. For example, people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or stroke, or are exhibiting signs of dementia, such as possible Alzheimer’s disease, are given standardized neuropsychological tests to evaluate their mental abilities.

How do I prepare for this procedure?
There are no special preparations for this test. The medical professional administering the test, however, should explain the procedure and the purpose of the test clearly. Unless the test is court ordered, you will be asked to sign a consent form.

How is this procedure performed?
Neuropsychological tests are administered by a neuropsychologist, a specialist trained in the relationship between the brain and mental functions such as memory, language, and perception. He or she will review your medical history, specifically noting any traumatic head injury or neurological symptoms. Neuropsychological tests are standardized tests. Some are administered in written form, which means you will read a question or look at a picture and then select a response. Other tests are administered orally, which means you will be asked to respond to a question or perform a skill, such as putting items in a certain order. In this case, the neuropsychologist will record your responses. Examples of these types of tests include the Bender Visual-Motor Gestalt test, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Benton Serial Digit Learning Test, Hopkins Verbal Learning Test, California Verbal Learning Test, Knox Cube Test, and the Wechsler Memory Scale. Results are analyzed, taking into account the patient’s age and developmental stage. The neuropsychologist also studies emotional responses and other aspects of a patient’s mental state so treatment for depression or other mental conditions can be pursued.

What can I expect after the procedure?
There are no side effects to this procedure. Your doctor will inform you of the results and prescribe appropriate treatment.