Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychology plays a key role in Pate’s rehabilitation program, and makes us different from other centers. Neuropsychology focuses on understanding how the physical brain corresponds with the “mind” and how people think and process information.

In brain injury rehabilitation, the goal is to apply this scientific knowledge to the specifics of every patient’s diagnosis.

Neuropsychological testing measures many different skills and abilities of the brain, including:

•Intellectual functioning
•Academic functioning
•Attention and concentration
•Mental flexibility and speed
•Speech and language
•Verbal and visual memory
•Visuospatial functioning
•Problem solving and judgment
•Sequencing, prioritizing, and reasoning
•Sensory and motor functioning
•Emotional functioning and personality assessment


Neuropsychological testing may be used for:


• Concussion
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Stroke
• Aneurysm
• Anoxia/hypoxia
• Any suspicion of insult to the brain (e.g., change in mental status)

Pate does not provide neuropsychological evaluations for the following:
• Dementia
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Forensic evaluations
• Children aged 15 and younger


About the Neuropsychological Evaluation


The assessment will take about 6 hours and begins with an interview with the neuropsychologist. Testing is usually completed within one day, but may be broken up between two days if fatigue is a factor. Breaks are provided.

Other than being well rested, no preparation is required. Family members and friends may also be interviewed either in person or remotely. One-on-one testing activities will follow the interview.


Getting Results


The neuropsychologist will analyze the assessment data and compile the results, and usually provide a report within seven days.

Read more about the importance of neuropsychologists in brain injury rehabilitation.

If you have any questions about our neuropsychological testing, call 1-800-992-1149.