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Neuropsychological Testing in Brooklyn, NY

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Neuropsychology testing looks at how brain, behavior, and emotions are all connected. 

Besides looking at how things are connected, it's important to consider how the brain works and how different conditions affect how well it functions. Williamsburg Therapy Group is proud to offer neuropsychological testing in Brooklyn, NY, and the broader area of New York City. 

 

What is Neuropsychological Testing?

A neuropsychological evaluation consists of observations, an interview with the patient, and neuropsychological testing. The testing portion includes answering questionnaires and performing tasks designed to assess cognitive skills.

This information is used to look at the person's strengths and weaknesses, which helps the neuropsychologist figure out how the person's brain works and how it is built.

The specific areas assessed during a neuropsychology testing are individualized and depend on the reason the patient was referred. This also includes any specific complaints and symptoms. The patient's specific problems help the neuropsychologist decide which parts of the patient's functioning to look at.

 

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A neuropsychological evaluation can assess the physical reasons behind mental health concerns.

In order to gather accurate information, the neuropsychologist works to maintain a calm, neutral environment. There, the patient can demonstrate their best achievable performance on the neuropsychological evaluation that is administered. This includes:

  • Intelligence
  • Attention
  • Personality styles
  • Language
  • Memory
  • Visual perception
  • Sensory-motor functions
  • Motivation
  • Mood and emotion
  • Visual-spatial functioning
  • Executive functions (e.g., planning, organization, abstraction, and conceptualization)
 

Different Types of Neurological Tests

A neuropsychological test typically seeks to explain any difficulties or issues an individual is experiencing in their life. Because issues and problems vary with each person, assessments will be tailored to the patient's situation. Different types of neuropsychological assessments include:

01 | Short Screenings

These screenings typically last under an hour and ask about mental health, orientation, simple memory, and attentional tasks.

02 | Cognitive Assessments

These assessments last between three to four hours and contain various measurements of numerous significant cognitive domains and data points.

03 | Other Testing

Measures of IQ, cognitive abilities, educational performance, and personality could be included in another type of testing that could last anywhere from 6 to 10 hours.

 

What are the benefits of a Neuropsychological Evaluation?

Neuropsychological testing can help clarify a diagnosis and evaluate the patient's strengths and weaknesses following neuropsychological testing. This aids in devising recommendations for resolving the patient's mental health issues. These suggestions cover a wide range of strategies, including behavioral coping mechanisms, psychological support, and the best techniques for maintaining brain health.

Neuropsychologists can also assist the patient in learning and utilizing new coping mechanisms, such as behavioral techniques and healthy ways to manage chronic conditions. As a mental health collective, the evaluation and recommendations can inform and increase the effectiveness of a patient's work with our psychologists or psychiatrists. From there, they can choose to pursue therapy or medication management.

 

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Common FAQs

Because each patient is different, neuropsychological evaluations range in the amount of time they take to be completed but often last between two and five hours. The length of each evaluation depends on how complicated the problems are and how the patient is doing at the time of the evaluation (for example, if they are tired or confused). Here are several common questions people have around neuropsychological testing:

 

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