Clinical Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology is a branch of psychology that deals with the relationship between the nervous system, especially the brain, and cerebral or mental functions such as language, memory, and perception. A neuropsychological evaluation may be requested when a person is concerned about thinking or memory problems. The evaluation includes an interview to gather background information, followed by a series of standardized tests.

Areas assessed may include:
• Attention and concentration
• Speed of thinking
• Learning and memory
• Language and verbal skills
• Academic skills
• Visuospatial skills (mechanical skills, understanding visual relationships)
• General abilities
• Reasoning and problem solving
• Motor skills
• Mood
• Personality

The evaluation results help identify strengths and weaknesses in terms of thinking abilities and memory. It can also determine whether depression and anxiety are contributing factors and determine if any changes can be attributed to a person’s age, illness, or dementia. Testing can also provide a baseline for comparison in the future and aid in the treatment process.