What is Neuropsychological Testing?
Neuropsychological testing is similar to traditional psychological testing; however, neuropsychological testing is concerned with the relationship between the brain and behavior. Neuropsychologists use testing to characterize behavioral and cognitive changes resulting from central nervous system disease or injury, for example, Parkinson’s Disease. Neuropsychological testing can also focus on adaptation to these behavioral and mental changes as well as other symptoms.
A neuropsychological evaluation is just what it sounds like. It’s an assessment of how a person’s brain functions, which provides information about the structural and functional integrity of the brain. The tests administered are standardized, and interpreted by comparing the individual score to a group of neurotypical individuals, and the expected level of functioning.
Neuropsychological evaluations are useful for assessing for
· Executive Functioning
· Mood States and Emotions
· Sensorimotor Functions
· Quality of life
· Personality Styles