Neuropsychological Batteries

  • Ralph E. Tarter
  • Kathleen L. Edwards


The development and use of neuropsychological test batteries has progressed in tandem with our understanding of the functional organization of the brain. Initially, psychometric tests were employed to diagnose the presence or absence of brain pathology and, as such, were adjunctive to the clinical neurological examination and laboratory indexes of disturbance. Usually, the assessment of organicity entailed administering one or several tests of often questionable validity or lacking in quantification. For example, the Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test has, for many years, been the most frequently employed test of organicity; however, depending on the idiosyncratic preferences of the particular clinician, other tests were also commonly utilized.


Neuropsychological Assessment Sickness Impact Profile Neuropsychological Batterie Symbol Digit Modality Clinical Neurological Examination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph E. Tarter
    • 1
  • Kathleen L. Edwards
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA

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