Neuropsychological testing for adults
People experience difficulties with their thinking and reasoning abilities for a variety of different reasons and this is often referred to as ‘cognitive difficulties’.
Cognitive difficulties can include an experience of poor memory, difficulties concentrating, struggling with decision-making and solving problems, or managing emotions. These difficulties can cause a lot of distress and seriously interfere with quality of life.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, a neuropsychological assessment can be helpful in figuring out what might be causing these experiences.
What does a neuropsychological evaluation tell you?
Neuropsychology looks at how the health of your brain impacts your thinking skills and behaviour.
Chronic health conditions like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, a stroke or a traumatic brain injury can affect how the brain functions, as can serious mental health difficulties, such as psychosis and bipolar disorder.
A neuropsychological assessment focuses on determining a pattern of cognitive strengths and weaknesses in order to understand how the brain is functioning.
Understanding areas of cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and learning how to better cope with cognitive difficulties through strategies, can support people to compensate for their cognitive difficulties.
Frequently asked questions
What should I expect from a neuropsychology assessment?
The first part of the assessment is a clinical interview where the assessing psychologist will talk with you – and sometimes also someone close to you – to understand any concerns you have about your cognitive functioning.
The assessing psychologist will then select a series of tests based on your concerns. The results of these tests will create a profile of your cognitive strengths and weaknesses that will help to provide a better understanding of what may be contributing to your cognitive difficulties.
The assessment includes a series of practical paper and pencil tasks to measure your cognitive performance.
How long does a neuropsychology assessment take?
Each assessment can take up to four hours, including a clinical interview.
All assessments are followed up with a report summarising the overall findings and including recommendations for further support and/or information on potential compensatory strategies.
As part of these assessments, your assessing psychologist will consider the impact your difficulties are having on your emotional wellbeing to gain a holistic understanding of any presenting problems – and discuss options around this too.