Clinical Specialties : Neuropsychology Division

Information for Patients

What is a Neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation involves testing that is sensitive to problems in brain functioning. Unlike neuroimaging such as CT or MRI scans, which show changes in the structure of the brain, or EEG, which can identify electrical abnormalities in the brain, neuropsychological assessment examines how well the brain is working when it performs certain cognitive functions (for example, remembering).
Why have you been referred for a Neuropsychological evaluation?
There are many reasons why you have been referred for a neuropsychological evaluation. Your health care provider may request an exam in an effort to:
1.  Evaluate possible brain dysfunction
2.  Provide information for diagnosis
3.  Define strengths & weaknesses
4.  Document changes over time
5.  Evaluate response to treatment
6.  Determine the need for assistance with daily activities
7. Make recommendations relevant for your care & treatment planning