Neuropsychological examinations can vary widely, because the particular tests are selected to yield the most comprehensive understanding of each patient’s neurological issues.
The examination will involve a wide range of tasks, most of which will be done sitting at a table. There are no invasive procedures, needles, or electrodes involved. Most consults include a thorough review of your medical records, including brain imaging (CT scan, MRI), recent blood work, and notes from your neurologist and/or primary care physician.
The neuropsychologist will interview you and ask you many in-depth questions about your history. A series of specialized tests will be used to measure such areas as the following as they relate to brain functioning:
- General intellect
- Higher-level executive skills, such as problem solving
- Attention and concentration
- Learning and memory
- Visual-spatial skills, such as perception
- Motor and sensory skills
The evaluation will average between 2 to 4 hours. The neuropsychologist will spend another 2 to 4 hours analyzing the data, depending on what information is sought. He or she will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about this process at the time of your examination.