Neuropsychological evaluations involve administering various tests of cognitive, motor, and perceptual skills, sensitive to problems in brain functioning.
While CT or MRI brain imaging reveals what the structure of the brain looks like, neuropsychological testing examines how well the brain is working when it performs certain functions (e.g. during remembering things).
The types of tests will depend upon the referral questions, however neuropsychological evaluation typically measures:
- Attention and concentration
- Learning and memory
- Reasoning and problem-solving
- Visuospatial functions
- Language and speaking ability
- Sensory/perceptual and motor functions
- Academic skills
- Emotional functioning
Neuropsychological tests are not invasive. Commonly, the tests involve a question-and-answer format; some tests are administered via a computer.
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