Neuropsychological Assessment of Brain Behavior Relationships: An Introduction

  • William J. Lynch


A fundamental principle of clinical neuropsychology is the belief that there is a discoverable relationship between brain function and observable behavior. The traditional approaches to inferring the status of the brain involved observation or the clinical neurologic examination. In the last 40 years, approaches utilizing a combination of psychometric and standardized clinical neurologic procedures have emerged. Beginning with the work of Halstead (1947) and Reitan (1966), and continuing with the efforts of Luria (1967) and Golden (1981), a proliferation of neuropsychologic batteries has taken place. In this presentation, I will focus upon the Halstead-Reitan battery, although Luria’s formulations regarding brain functions will serve as a basis for this analysis.


Grip Strength Neuropsychological Assessment Contralateral Cerebral Hemisphere Language Disorder Peabody Picture Vocabulary 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • William J. Lynch
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  1. 1.Brain Injury Rehabilitation UnitVeterans Administration Medical CenterPalo AltoUSA

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