What is neurocognitive testing?
Neurocognitive testing, also known as neuropsychological testing, is a comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s cognitive status by specific neurologic domains, such as memory, attention, problem solving, language, visuospatial, processing speed, motor and emotion. Testing is not physically invasive and mainly includes paper and pencil tasks and/or computerized tasks done in a one-on-one setting. 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 healthcare providers to carefully assess the patient’s brain-thought-behavior-mood relationship. Neurocognitive/neuropsychological testing helps to clarify this picture, especially in context of one’s daily living or development.
Preparing for your test
Your appointment can last from two to five hours, depending on the questions asked by your doctor and the nature of the tests required as determined by the neuropsychologist. You can prepare yourself for a visit of this length.
- Dress in comfortable clothes and get a good night’s rest before your appointment.
- Take any medicine as you normally do each day. Also, bring any necessary medication with you, so that you will be able to take them at the normal times.
- Bring glasses and hearing aids if you normally wear these.
- Meals and snacks are available in our deli and cafeteria, but feel free to bring these with you if you feel you might get hungry during the day. Be sure to eat any meals before your scheduled appointment.
- If you have a family member or friend who is familiar with your condition or current problems, please bring them with you. They may be able to provide valuable information while you meet with the doctor to discuss your condition or current problems. For minors, a parent or legal guardian must be present for the appointment. During the testing, your family member or friends will be asked to leave the exam room. This is so that you will not be distracted during testing. Your full concentration is very important to your performance.