A Comparison of the Halstead-Reitan, Luria-Nebraska, and Flexible Batteries Through Case Presentations

  • Gerald Goldstein
  • Theresa Incagnoli


The purpose of this chapter is that of illustrating, through the presentation of three cases, the similarities and differences among various approaches to neuropsychological assessment discussed elsewhere in this volume. The first two patients were given the Halstead-Reitan Battery (HRB) and Luria-Nebraska Neurological Battery (LNNB); one is a patient with a neurological illness, whereas the other is a psychiatric patient. The third case is also a neurological patient; he received the LNNB and a specialized series of tests selected on the basis of the preliminary information provided by the LNNB results. Thus, we have a comparison of two standard batteries with a neurological and a psychiatric patient, and a combined standard battery and flexible approach in a patient with an unusual neuropsychological syndrome. In each case, efforts were made to correlate the findings for the patients with pertinent literature regarding the disorder each of the patients represents. The first two cases were selected, in part, because there is an available literature for both standard batteries covering the disease entities the represent, Huntington’s disease and schizophrenia. With regard to the third presentation, there is a case literature available, and the patient was compared to similar cases.


Neuropsychological Assessment Thalamic Lesion Chronic Schizophrenic Patient Wide Range Achievement Thalamic Infarction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Goldstein
    • 1
    • 2
  • Theresa Incagnoli
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Veterans Administration Medical CenterPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and PsychologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Veterans Administration Medical CenterNorthportUSA
  4. 4.School of MedicineState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

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