The Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery and the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery When to Use Which?
MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER TACOMA WA
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There are many assessment procedures and strategies in neuropsychology for determining the status of higher cortical functions Lezak, 1983. Of these many approaches, the Halstead-Reitan Battery and the more recent Luria-Nebraska Battery LNB are among the most frequently used by clinicians. These two approaches are somewhat different in their origins, underlying theories, and administration. Both have demonstrated an ability to discriminate between groups with and without brain dysfunction Golden, 1981. The HRB has been in clinical operation for many years, allowing numerous studies to be conducted with persons of varying neuropathologies Reitan and Davison, 1974. The HRB ha proven to discriminate the gamut of neuro-behavioral dysfunctions to include the more subtle disorders e.g. seizure disorders, mild closed head injuries, learning disabilities, transient ischemic attacks, etc.. The LNB has not been available long enough to establish its ability to discriminate these more subtle disorders, but there is some evidence to indicate that the potential exists.