The Halstead—Reitan and Luria—Nebraska Neuropsychological Batteries

  • Michael D. Franzen
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


North American neuropsychology is largely based on the psychometric tradition of measurement. Many neuropsychologists practicing in North America were trained in the context of graduate psychology departments. Because they received their training from psychologists, rather than from neurologists who may have provided ancillary training experiences, clinical neuropsychologists largely have chosen assessment instruments that involve standardized assessment. Many clinical neuropsychologists utilized a fixed battery approach in the past. In the early 1980s, the Battle of the Batteries consisted of adherents of either the Halstead—Reitan (HRNB) or of the Luria—Nebraska (LNNB) conducting studies, publishing results, and trading comments. It seemed as if neither battery would achieve hegemony. Surveys such as that described by Guilmette and Faust (1991) indicated that although the HRNB had greater frequency of usage, both batteries were commonly used. Since that time, changes in some of the influences on clinical neuropsychology have resulted in a lesser emphasis on comprehensive evaluations using instruments that have been normed and standardized on a single sample. Whether this is a positive trend is subj ect to review.


Clinical Scale Correct Classification Rate Discriminant Function Analysis Impaired Subject Impairment Index 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. Franzen
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  1. 1.Allegheny General Hospital and Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann UniversityPittsburghUSA

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