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What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

A neuropsychological evaluation includes the administration of a comprehensive battery of paper and pencil tests that measure how an individuals think, feel, and behave. Moreover, the examinees undergo a clinical interview. The results of this testing can be used as a baseline to measure improvement or decline over time.

How can a neuropsychological evaluation help a patient?

A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation provides valuable information to help explain the reason you are experiencing the symptoms you are facing. The results of your evaluation can help in several different ways, including, but not limited to the:

  • Identification of a differential diagnosis, which is the diagnosis that best explains the symptoms that an examinee is experiencing
  • Clarification of a patient’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Determination of an individualized care program
  • Inclusion of other care providers who are best suited to treat the patient

What elements of cognition are measured during a neuropsychological evaluation?

Our neuropsychological evaluations are comprehensive and targeted to assess many different areas of brain functioning. Below are the most common areas of assessment:

  • Intellectual functioning
  • Attention/information processing speed
  • Language/academic achievement
  • Visuospatial skills
  • Memory for information that is presented auditorily or visually
  • Motor skills
  • Sensation and perception
  • Executive/frontal systems functioning
  • Personality/emotional functioning

What are some of the questions that can be addressed by a neuropsychological evaluation?

  • To determine whether a person has the capacity to make various types of decisions, such as those related to estate planning or medical care
  • Whether an examinee can live independently or whether the examinee would be better suited to living in a facility that provides assisted care
  • To quantify the degree to which various medical conditions, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke (CVA), epilepsy/seizures, affect how people think, feel, and behave
  • To determine how various disorders of aging, including, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, and/or Parkinson’s disease, might affect how someone thinks, feels and behaves
  • To clarify the effects of addiction and/or various types of mental illness, including, but not limited to, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and/or schizophrenia, might affect how someone thinks, feels, and/or behaves
  • To determine if an examinee is experiencing a disorder that can adversely affect school performance, such as an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and/or a learning disability, and to ensure they receive needed accommodations.

For inquiries about EMH’s neuropsychology, please call our team at (310) 273-4843 ext.102 or write us at