A neuropsychological evaluation consists of a clinical interview, followed by the administration of tests that tap various motor, cognitive, and perceptual skills. Neuropsychological tests do not involve the use of machines like X-Ray and MRI studies do.
Rather, they typically consist of measures in the forms of questionnaires, manipulative tasks, puzzles and memory exercises. Unlike brain imaging, which shows us what the brain looks like, neuropsychological testing determines how well the brain is functioning during activities like speaking, listening, and problem-solving.
If you are to be evaluated, you will not be spending all of your time taking tests. Rather, you will first consult with the Doctor so that he or she can have a chance to learn about your unique situation.
Frequently, the Neuropsychologist will also ask you for permission to speak with a friend or relative to gain a better understanding of your day-to-day functioning from that person’s point of view. All of this information is gathered to help the Doctor select the most appropriate tests for you.
Testing can take anywhere from two to six hours, and in some cases even more. Longer evaluations are sometimes divided into several appointments.
You are free to take breaks during the testing and, in fact, your comfort during your evaluation is of the utmost importance at Carter Psychology Center. If you have any questions at any point in time, the Doctor will be happy to answer them for you.