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date: 12 July 2020

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This chapter reviews the history of the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery from the factor analytic study of its component tests published in 1947 by Ward Halstead to the present time. It discusses the initial work of Halstead and the contributions of Ralph Reitan, Reitan’s collaborators, and independent researchers. It describes various versions of the battery and discusses issues regarding so-called “fixed batteries,” use of quantitative versus qualitative procedures in neuropsychological assessment, interpretation with or without knowledge of the case history, and the status of the battery with regard to forming brain-behavior relationships. The HRNB remains in common use and has been the major force in forming clinical neuropsychology by providing a comprehensive, valid, and sensitive way of assessing brain-damaged patients based upon research supporting neuropsychological inferences made by clinicians. Specific contributions include the impairment index, comparison between right and left hemispheres, type-locus interaction, and multiple methods of inference.

Keywords: neuropsychological assessment, factor analysis, test batteries, frontal lobes, Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery

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