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Neuropsychological Assessment

Clinical neuropsychology focuses on brain functioning and behavior. A neuropsychological assessment evaluates brain functions by objectively testing memory and thinking skills, including attention, memory, language, spatial reasoning and executive functioning. The assessment usually consists of an interview and testing. During the interview, you will be asked about your symptoms, medical history, medications, and other important factors. Testing involves taking paper-and-pencil or computerized tests and answering questions. The time required depends on the problem being assessed.

In general, several hours are needed to assess the many skills involved in processing information. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep so that you are rested for your appointment. Bring glasses or hearing aids if you use them. Some tests will be easy while others will be more complex. Some may even be fun. The most important thing is try your best on every task.