Neurocognitive testing, also known as neuropsychological testing, is a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's cognitive status by specific neurologic domains, i.e., memory, attention, problem solving, language, visuospatial, processing speed motor, and emotion. Testing is mainly comprised of paper and pencil tasks and/or computerized tasks, done in a one-on-one setting. It is physically non-invasive.
ASSESSING BRAIN FUNCTION
As the brain controls specific neurologic domains, cognitive skills are often affected by many different types of brain-related health conditions. Accordingly, it is important for physicians and other health care providers to carefully assess the patient's relationship among brain, thought, behavior and mood. Neurocognitive/neuropsychological testing helps to clarify this picture, especially in the context of one's daily living or development.
WHEN SHOULD I THINK ABOUT HAVING A NEUROCOGNITIVE EVALUATION?
Difficulty communicating (getting the right words out and/or understanding others)
Attention and concentration problems
Difficulty planning and organizing
Changes in spatial skills or visual perception
Difficulty reading or writing
Disturbed thinking or confusion
Slowed thinking speed