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About the Neuropsychological Examination (NPE)

The Neuropsychological Examination (NPE) is necessary to determine cognitive ability that goes beyond the scope of imaging techniques (e.g., CT, MRI). These are only pictures that show structure, while the NPE shows function. This "blue print" of thinking strengths and weaknesses is crucial in the planning of proper treatment and ultimately mainstreaming the patient back into society with a practical understanding of effective functioning. It is this approach that distinguishes NRS/LS as a comprehensive, quality-care outpatient program.

What Does the NPE Involve?

  1. Planning: Obtaining adequate information is necessary to plan the NPE. This includes pertinent medical and psychosocial history that has prompted the referral.
  2. Consultation: After the relevant information is received, the neuropsychological consultation consists of an interview that clarifies the clinical condition and how the patient (and family) describes his or her functioning.
  3. Examination: The patient then undergoes the NPE, which includes the following assessments:
    • Perceptual skills (hearing, seeing, feeling)
    • Speed and coordination of motor responses
    • Attention and concentration skills
    • Memory
    • Speech and language functions
    • Visual spatial functions
    • Speed of new learning (processing)
    • Learning capacity
    • Problem solving, reasoning, abstraction
    • Background intellectual and achievement level
    • Emotional and behavioral functioning

For more information about the Neuropsychological Examination (NPE), please refer to Patient Resources.