Cognition Measures

NIH Toolbox® Cognition Batteries

The NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery, recommended for ages 7+, consists of tests of multiple constructs. It yields individual measure scores and the following summary scores: Cognitive Function Composite Score, Fluid Cognition Composite Score (includes DCCS, Flanker, Picture Sequence Memory, List Sorting, and Pattern Comparison measures), and Crystallized Cognition Composite Score (includes Picture Vocabulary and Reading Recognition measures).

The NIH Toolbox Early Childhood Cognition Battery is recommended for ages 3-6. It produces individual measure scores and an Early Childhood Composite Score.

Supplemental measures are not required for composite scores.

 

NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery – Ages 18+

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time
(minutes)
Materials RequiredPreview
ManualeLearning
Attention & Executive FunctioningFlanker Inhibitory Control and Attention Test Age 12+The allocation of one’s limited capacities to deal with an abundance of environmental stimulation.time3check markWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
Episodic MemoryPicture Sequence Memory Test Age 8+Cognitive processes involved in the acquisition, storage and retrieval of new information.time7  Watch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
Working MemoryList Sorting Working Memory Test Age 7+The ability to store information until the amount of information to be stored exceeds one’s capacity to hold that information.time7 check markWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
LanguagePicture Vocabulary Test Age 3+Measures receptive vocabulary administered in a computer-adaptive test (CAT) format. Respondents select the picture that most closely matches the meaning of the word.

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LanguageOral Reading Recognition Test Age 3+Measures reading decoding skill and crystallized abilities. Participant is asked to read and pronounce letters and words as accurately as possible.

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Executive FunctionDimensional Change Card Sort Test Age 12+The capacity to plan, organize and monitor the executive of behaviors that are strategically directed in a goal-oriented manner.

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Processing SpeedPattern Comparison Processing Speed Test Age 7+Assesses the amount of information that can be processed within a certain unit of time. Items are simple so as to purely measure processing speed.time3 Watch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training

 NIH Toolbox Cognition Supplemental Measures – Ages 18+

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time (minutes)
Materials RequiredPreview
ManualeLearning
Immediate RecallAuditory Verbal Learning Test (Rey) 8+Measures immediate recall. Unrelated words presented via audio recording and participant recalls as many as possible.

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Processing SpeedOral Symbol Digit TestMeasures speed of processing. Symbols on the screen are associated with a number, then presented with symbols without numbers.

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time1 = time to complete in minutes

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The NIH Toolbox Cognition measures were developed by a multi-institutional team of measurement experts as part of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.

NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery – Ages 7-17

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time (minutes)
Materials RequiredPreview
ManualeLearning
Attention & Executive Function

Flanker Inhibitory Control and Attention Test Ages 3-7; Ages 8-11; Age 12+

The allocation of one’s limited capacities to deal with an abundance of environmental stimulation.time3 check markWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
Episodic Memory

Picture Sequence Memory Test Age 7; Age 8+

Cognitive processes involved in the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of new information.time7 Watch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
Working MemoryList Sorting Working Memory Test Age 7+The ability to store information until the amount of information to be stored exceeds one’s capacity to hold that information.time7 check markWatch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
LanguagePicture Vocabulary Test Age 3+Measures receptive vocabulary administered in a computer-adaptive test (CAT) format. Respondents select the picture that most closely matches the meaning of the word.

time4

 Watch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
LanguageOral Reading Recognition Test Age 3+Measures reading decoding skill and crystallized abilities. Participant is asked to read and pronounce letters and words as accurately as possible.time3 check markWatch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
Executive Function

Dimensional Change Card Sort Test Ages 3-7; 8-11; 12+

The capacity to plan, organize, and monitor the execution of behaviors that are strategically directed in a goal-oriented manner.

time4

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Processing SpeedPattern Comparison Processing Speed Test 7+Assesses the amount of information that can be processed within a certain unit of time. Items are simple so as to purely measure processing speed.time3 Watch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training

NIH Toolbox Cognition Supplemental Measures – Ages 18+

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time (minutes)
Materials RequiredPreview
ManualeLearning
Immediate RecallOral Symbol Digit Age 8+n/atime3 shopping cart iconn/aRead User Guide n/a
Processing SpeedAuditory Verbal Learning (Rey) Age 8+n/atime3 shopping cart iconn/aRead User Guide n/a

time1 = time to complete in minutes

shopping cart icon = additional materials or equipment needed

The NIH Toolbox Cognition measures were developed by a multi-institutional team of measurement experts as part of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.

NIH Toolbox Early Childhood Cognition Battery – Ages 3-6

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time (minutes)
Materials RequiredPreviewManualeLearning
Attention & Executive FunctionFlanker Inhibitory Control & Attention Test Ages 3-7The allocation of one’s limited capacities to deal with an abundance of environmental stimulation.time3 check markWatch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
Episodic MemoryPicture Sequence Memory Test Ages 3-4; Ages 5-6Cognitive processes involved in the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of new information.time7 Watch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
LanguagePicture Vocabulary Test Age 3+Measure receptive vocabulary administered in a computer-adaptive test (CAT) format. Respondents select the picture that most closely matches the meaning of the word.

time4

 Watch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
Executive Function & Attention Dimensional Change Card Sort Age 3-7The capacity to plan, organize, and monitor the execution of behaviors that are strategically directed in a goal-oriented manner.

time4

 check markWatch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training

 

NIH Toolbox Cognition Supplemental Measures – Ages 3-6   

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time (minutes)
Materials RequiredPreviewManualeLearning
Attention & Executive FunctionFlanker Inhibitory Control & Attention Test Ages 3-7The allocation of one’s limited capacities to deal with an abundance of environmental stimulation.  Watch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
LanguageOral Reading Recognition Test Age 3+

Measures reading decoding skill and crystallized abilities. Participant is asked to read and pronounce letters and words as accurately as possible.

 time4 check markWatch Demo Video View Online Training

 

time1 = time to complete in minutes

shopping cart icon = additional materials or equipment needed

The NIH Toolbox Cognition measures were developed by a multi-institutional team of measurement experts as part of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.