What is neuropsychology?
Neuropsychology is the field of medicine that studies how the structure and function of the brain relates to behavior, personality, and abilities like memory and reasoning. A neuropsychologist is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in this field.
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation is a tool used to analyze personality, mood, and cognitive abilities including memory and problem-solving. Assessing these skills helps a clinical psychologist get a better understanding of how your brain is working and how a neurological disorder or injury might have affected its function. The purpose of this evaluation might be to determine if a patient needs monitoring or modifications for certain tasks, or to determine if abilities are getting better or worse over time. The results might also help your doctor determine which medicines would work best for you.
What does a neuropsychological evaluation include?
A neuropsychological evaluation might include:
- General intellect assessment
- Assessment of higher level skills such as sequencing, reasoning and problem solving
- Attention and concentration assessment
- Learning and memory assessment
- Language assessment
- Assessment of visual spatial skills, or perception
- Assessment of motor and sensory skills
- Mood and personality assessment
Who needs a neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation is often necessary before beginning treatment or having surgery for certain cognitive or neurologic disorders. If you have been told to get a neuropsychological evaluation or if you have questions about the assessment, please call our office.