Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


  • Megan BeckerEmail author
  • Daniel N. Allen
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_170


Neurobehavioral cognitive status examination (NCSE)


The Cognistat test battery (Kiernan et al. 1995), formerly called the neurobehavioral cognitive status examination, is a screening tool designed to assess a number of different cognitive domains including orientation, attention, language abilities (comprehension, repetition, naming), construction, memory, calculations, and reasoning (similarities, judgment). A rating for level of consciousness is also provided. The various subscales are abbreviated from well-validated neuropsychological tests. For example, attention is assessed using digit repetition similar to that used on the Wechsler scales. Unlike other screening procedures that yield a single summary score, the Cognistat is designed to yield a score for each domain and thus produces a differentiated profile of cognitive abilities. The Cognistat also employs an adaptive testing approach (referred to as a screen and metric approach) to decrease time spent in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NevadaLas VegasUSA