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.

NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery – Ages 18+

Construct Measure Description Test Time
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Manual eLearning
Episodic Memory Picture Sequence Memory Test Age 8+ Measures episodic memory.  Participants are asked to reproduce a sequence of pictures that is shown on the screen. Different practice sequences and test items for participants of different ages. time7    Watch Demo Video Read User Guide View Online Training
Executive Function & Attention Flanker Inhibitory Control and Attention Test Age 12+ Measures attention and inhibitory control. Participant focuses on a given stimulus while inhibiting attention to stimuli flanking it. time3   shopping cart icon Watch Demo Video Read User Guide View Online Training
Working Memory List Sorting Working Memory Test Age 7+ Measures working memory. Participant recalls and sequences different visually and orally presented stimuli. time7  shopping cart icon Watch Demo Video Read User Guide View Online Training
Language Picture 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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Language Oral Reading Recognition 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 Function Dimensional Change Card Sort Test Age 12+ Measures cognitive flexibility and attention.  Pictures are presented varying along two dimensions (e.g., shape and color).  The dimension for sorting is indicated by a cue word on the screen.

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Processing Speed Pattern Comparison Processing Speed Test Age 7+ Measures speed of processing. Participants discern whether two side-by-side pictures are the same or not, with 85 seconds to respond to as many items as possible.  Items are simple so as to purely measure processing speed. time3   Watch Demo Video Read User Guide View Online Training

 NIH Toolbox Cognition Supplemental Measures – Ages 18+

Construct Measure Description Test Time (minutes)
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Manual eLearning
Immediate Recall Auditory Verbal Learning Test (Rey) 8+ Measures immediate recall. Unrelated words presented via audio recording and participant recalls as many as possible. Supplements   Picture Sequence Memory Test or an alternative if participant’s visual limitations preclude administering Picture Sequence Memory Test.  Version differs from some other available versions.

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Processing Speed Oral Symbol Digit Test Measures speed of processing. Symbols on the screen are associated  with a number, then presented with symbols without numbers. Particpant says each number that goes with that symbol. Supplements Pattern Comparison Processing Speed Test or as an alternative whe a participant’s motoric limitations preclude administering the Pattern Comparison Processing Speed Test.

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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

Construct Measure Description Test Time (minutes)
Materials Required Preview
Manual eLearning
Executive Function & Attention

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

The allocation of one’s limited capacities to deal with an abundance of environmental stimulation. time3  shopping cart icon Watch Demo Video Read User Guide View Online Training
Episodic Memory

Picture Sequence Memory Test Age 7;
Picture Sequence Memory Test Age 8+

Cognitive processes involved in the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of new information. time7   Watch Demo Video Read User Guide  View Online Training
Working Memory List 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  shopping cart icon Watch Demo Video Read User Guide  View Online Training
Language Picture Vocabulary Test Age 3+ Measures receptive vocabulary administered in a computer-adaptive test (CAT) format. Respondents are presented with an audio recording of a word and four photographic images and  asked to select the picture that most closely matches the meaning of the word.

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Language Oral Reading Recognition Age 3+ A set of mental processes that translate thought into symbols (i.e., words and gestures), which can be shared among individuals for purposes of communication. time3  shopping cart icon Watch Demo Video Read User Guide  View Online Training
Executive Function & Attention 

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

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

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Processing Speed NIH Toolbox Pattern Comparison Pattern Comparison Processing Speed Test 7+ Either the amount of time it takes to process a set amount of information, or, conversely, the amount of information that can be processed within a certain unit of time. time3   Watch Demo Video Read User Guide  View Online Training

NIH Toolbox Cognition Supplemental Measures – Ages 18+

Construct Measure Description Test Time (minutes)
Materials Required Preview
Manual eLearning
Immediate Recall Oral Symbol Digit Age 8+ n/a time3  shopping cart icon n/a Read User Guide  n/a
Processing Speed Auditory Verbal Learning (Rey) Age 8+ n/a time3  shopping cart icon n/a Read User Guide  n/a

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 Early Childhood Cognition Battery – Ages 3-6

Construct Measure Description Test Time (minutes)
Materials Required Preview Manual eLearning
Attention Flanker Inhibitory Control and Attn Age 3-7 The allocation of one’s limited capacities to deal with an abundance of environmental stimulation. time3  shopping cart icon Watch Demo Video Read User Guide  View Online Training
Episodic Memory Picture Sequence Memory Age 3+ Cognitive processes involved in the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of new information. time7   Watch Demo Video Read User Guide  View Online Training
Language Picture Vocabulary Age Age 3+ A set of mental processes that translate thought into symbols (i.e., words and gestures), which can be shared among individuals for purposes of communication.

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

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Working Memory List Sorting Working Memory Test 3-6 Measures working memory. Participant recalls and sequences different visually and orally presented stimuli. Pictures of different foods and animals are displayed with both an accompanying audio recording and written text naming the item. The participant is asked to say the items back to the examiner in size order from smallest to largest, first within a single dimension (either animals or food) and then on two dimensions (foods, then animals). time7 shopping cart icon Watch Demo Video Read User Guide View Online Training

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.