Evaluation -- Halstead - Reitan

Filskov, Susan B.; Goldstein, Steven G.
October 1974
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Oct1974, Vol. 7 Issue 8, p489
Academic Journal
This article cites a study which examines the diagnostic validity of the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery, the psychological testing tool used for diagnosing brain damage. According to the article author, although there have been many validity studies of the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery, none have contrasted the more popular physical diagnostic techniques with this psychological measure. The purpose of said study was to compare the effectiveness of diagnostic statements obtained from a clinical-actuarial interpretation of the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery with similar statements from several commonly used physical diagnostic procedures in predicting specific final diagnostic findings of lateralization and neuropathological processes for a group of demonstrably brain-damaged individuals. Subjects were 89 patients about whom empirical finding could be used as criterion for both physical and neuropsychological measures. Based on the study findings, it is concluded that the neuropsychological battery appears sensitive across all areas of neocortical pathology and can be used to include, rather than exclude, characteristics and findings leading toward a final diagnostic impression.


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