A typical neuropsychological evaluation involves an assessment of the following cognitive and behavioral functions: General intellect, Attention/Concentration, Learning and Memory, Language, Perceptual and Motor skills, Problem Solving, Planning and Organization, and Mood States.
The evaluation consists of a review of available medical records, an interview with the patient and often a family member/significant other, and testing. The testing involves answering questions and taking paper and pencil tests. The time required depends on the problem being assessed and patient characteristics such as severity of cognitive functioning, level of fatigue, and/or level of pain. No invasive procedures such as needles or electrodes are used. In general, the evaluation will take several hours to complete.