Neuropsychological Examination (NPE)
A neuropsychological examination, also known as a neuropsychological assessment or neuropsychological testing, is a set of tests and procedures that are used to evaluate an individual’s cognitive and behavioral function. The purpose of a neuropsychological examination is to assess how well the brain is functioning and to identify any cognitive or behavioral problems that may be related to a brain injury or neurological disorder.
A neuropsychological examination typically involves a combination of standardized tests, tasks, and procedures that are designed to assess various aspects of cognitive function, including:
- Attention and concentration
- Language skills
- Visuospatial abilities
- Executive functions (e.g., planning, organizing, problem-solving)
- Mood and behavior
The examination may also involve the use of questionnaires and interviews to gather information about an individual’s medical history, symptoms, and overall functioning. The results of the examination can be used to diagnose a neurological disorder, assess the severity of a brain injury, or determine the best course of treatment.