Neuropsychological Testing

What Is neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology is the study of relationships between the brain and behavior. Neuropsychologists conduct evaluations to characterize behavioral and cognitive changes resulting from central nervous system disease or injury, like Parkinson’s disease or another movement disorder. 

Some neuropsychologists also focus on remediation of or adaptation to these behavioral and mental changes and other symptoms.

What is neuropsychological testing?

Neuropsychological testing is an assessment of how one’s brain functions, which is based off of the information of the structural and functional integrity of your brain. The testing involves an interview and the administration of evaluations.

Neuropsychological tests evaluate functioning in a number of areas including: intelligence, executive functions (such as planning, abstraction, conceptualization), attention, memory, language, perception, sensorimotor functions, motivation, mood state and emotion, quality of life, and personality styles. The areas addressed in an individual’s evaluation are determined by the referral question (what the referring doctor and patient wants to know), patient’s complaints and symptoms, and observations made during interview and test administration.

Why has a neuropsychological evaluation been recommended?

Neuropsychological evaluation documents patterns of strengths and weakness among cognitive and behavioral functions. For patients with Parkinson’s disease or another movement disorder, an evaluation and interpretation of this pattern of strengths and weaknesses can:

  • Assist in a differential diagnosis (e.g., to determine whether possible mental and behavioral changes are related to the movement disorder, depression, another brain disease or treatment);
  • Assist with evaluation before and after functional neurosurgical procedures to help determine if a given treatment is appropriate for a particular person and whether treatment has had any positive or negative effects on mental functions and behavior;
  • Provide a baseline against which subsequent evaluations can be compared. Thereby your doctors can decide whether your functioning has declined because of the disease process or document whether your functioning has worsened or improved as a result of treatment;
  • Reveal areas of daily functioning with which the patient may need assistance indicate rehabilitation potential. For example, will the individual benefit from certain cognitive or behavioral treatments, occupational therapy, or pharmacotherapy

What Does An Assessment Look Like At The Norooz Clinic Foundation?

All our services are completely confidential and supervised by a clinical supervisor. You will typically meet one-on-one with one of our caring & expert staff to complete a testing battery that is designed based on their needs. Assessment may require scheduling multiple blocks of time (2-6 hours) depending on the testing, along with a final feedback session where we provide you with the results and our recommendations. A copy of the report will also be given to you to use.


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