James F. Comer, PHD
The purpose of a neuropsychological test is to get a detailed, in-depth look at how the brain is functioning in multiple areas of thinking, learning, and memory. While getting pictures of the brain will give information about the physical well-being of the brain – it doesn’t give us the information about how the brain is working. Getting more detailed information about how the brain is functioning in “real life” situations can sometimes help physicians with tricky diagnoses and can be the first step in identifying strategies to help minimize difficulties in thinking that a person may be experiencing. Also, neuropsychological testing results are sometimes used as a baseline for purposes of monitoring progressive changes in a person’s thinking and/or memory over time.