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Neurocognitive Test Battery
These are neuropsychological tests, and this step is an important phase of an a neuropsychological difference clinical evaluation. It is not a personality test or anything like it. It is the only procedure in the entire clinical evaluation that is not subject to my personal bias or to your personal bias.
This step includes an objective, unbiased, performance- based, battery of neurocognitive tests designed to identify the presence of, and measure the severity of, specific cognitive deficits. It is the same type of tests used to identify cognitive deficits caused by ADD/ADHD, learning disorders concussions, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, depression, dementia, mild cognitive impairments and a variety of other neurological disorders.
It will also identify which of the major cognitive deficits are interfering most with your day-to-day activities, goals and objectives -- Attention deficits, memory deficits, information processing deficits. It will also measure the strength of your ability to solve problems using Complex Attention and/or Cognitive Flexibility.
The neurocognitive test battery includes Continuous Performance Testing, Visual Memory Testing, Verbal Memory Testing, Symbol-Digit Decoding Testing, Shifting Attention Testing, Stroop Test, and Finger Tapping Test. These tests measure how well you perform in five major domains -- Memory, Psychomotor Speed, Reaction Time, Complex Attention and Cognitive Flexibility. A neuropsychological difference comes in many forms. Some patients suffer from Attention Deficits. Other patients show signs of Executive Function limitations. These include poor planning, poor decision-making, unrealistic goals and objectives. Still others suffer from, reading, language, auditory or visual processing deficits.