Stuart Anderson is a Consultant Neuropsychologist and HCPC-Registered Clinical Psychologist based in Sussex (UK). He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), is listed in the BPS Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists and has extensive experience working with individuals with acquired brain injury and neuropsychological difficulties.
What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?
A neuropsychological assessment is a measurement of cognition. It involves the administration of tests and questionnaires to evaluate a range of cognitive skills and abilities such as attention, concentration, memory, language/visuospatial processing and problem-solving. Some of the tests are paper-and-pen-type tasks, others may involve solving puzzles or completing computer-administered tasks. The tests are different to the kind of procedures that you might undergo as part of a medical or psychiatric examination. The average assessment takes two to three hours to complete. Medico-legal assessments take longer and are completed over two sessions.
It is important to recognise that being referred for a neuropsychological assessment does not necessarily mean that there is something seriously wrong with the brain. The stress and strain of modern life can often lead to concentration difficulties and forgetfulness. However, an assessment is one way of checking that these everyday cognitive failures fall within acceptable limits. This is done by comparing your test results with others of similar age, gender and educational background.