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    Neuropsychological Tests

    Neuropsychological testing can help your doctor find out how a problem with your brain is affecting your ability to reason, concentrate, solve problems, or remember.

    Doctors use a wide variety of tests for neuropsychological testing. In most cases you will take a series of tests, rather than a single test.

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    This type of testing is most often done by a psychologist with special training in this area.

    Why It Is Done

    This testing gives your doctor an overall picture of how well your brain works. Your doctor can use the results to decide the best treatment or rehabilitation program for you.

    Your doctor may recommend this testing if:

    How To Prepare

    Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results will mean.

    Make sure you eat first and are well rested so that being tired or hungry doesn't affect testing.

    Remember to bring your glasses or hearing aids if you use them.

    How It Is Done

    There are many kinds of neuropsychological tests. The ones you take will depend on the particular brain functions that your doctor wants to check.

    The tests are meant to test your limits, so don't be discouraged if they seem hard.

    Most of the tests involve answering questions or performing tasks. You may be taking some of the tests on a computer, using pencil and paper, or using other objects. Here are some examples of brain functions and some tests that check them:

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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