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General Adult Neuropsychological Assessment

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What is Neuropsychological Testing?

What is Neuropsychological Testing?

Clinical neuropsychology is a field with historical origins in both psychology and neurology. The primary activity of neuropsychologists is assessment of brain functioning. The tests that neuropsychologists use are designed to examine a variety of different cognitive (thinking) abilities. These include abilities such as memory, attention, speed of information processing,  language, visualspatial and emotional functioning.  By testing a range of cognitive abilities and examining patterns of performance in different cognitive areas, neuropsychologists can make inferences about underlying brain function. 

Neurologists, psychiatrists, internists, and pediatricians request neuropsychological testing in order to help properly diagnose a patient. In some cases, patients and their families pursue these evaluations on their own due to concerns regarding memory, potential Alzheimer’s disease or learning disabilities. Neuropsychological assessment plays a vital role in proper diagnosis, and therefore guides the treatment of many conditions. We routinely evaluate individuals with concerns related to traumatic brain injury, dementia , Alzheimer’s disease, multiple neurological conditions, learning disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum and psychiatric disorders. We also perform testing to examine the effects of toxic substances, medical conditions or medications on brain functioning.

Once the evaluation is complete, we complete a neuropsychological report. The report includes important information form the interview and tests including diagnostic conclusions. We provide information on your cognitive abilities, diagnostic conclusions, and recommendations tailored to the unique needs of the individual. You may request a feedback session with the neuropsychologist to discuss your results and ask questions.
Doctors utilize the diagnosis and recommendations in the neuropsychological report to guide their treatment. Patients and their families utilize this information in order to properly pursue treatment and develop support strategies. In the case of a learning disability or ADHD evaluation, parents and schools utilize these reports to develop individualized education plans or in order to pursue accommodations on standardized tests such as the SAT or Bar Examination. 

In short, neuropsychological evaluations help to properly identify the problem so that proper help can be given to the patient as early as possible. In many cases, neuropsychological testing can eliminate years of failed treatment interventions based upon inaccurate diagnostic conclusions.

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