Sensation Measures

NIH Toolbox® Sensation Measures

The NIH Toolbox Sensation Measure, recommended for ages 7+, consists of tests to assess Audition, Visual Acuity, Olfaction, Taste (Ages 12+), and Pain (Ages 18+).

The NIH Toolbox Early Childhood Sensation Measure, recommended for ages 3-6, includes measures of Visual Acuity and Olfaction.

NIH Toolbox Sensation Measure – Ages 18+

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time (minutes)
Materials RequiredPreviewManualeLearning
AuditionWords-in-Noise (WIN) Test Age 6+Measures a person’s ability to recognize single words amid varying levels of background noise, measuring difficulty a person might have hearing in a noisy environment. A recorded voice tells the participant to listen and repeat words. Background noise gets louder, reducing the signal-to-noise ratio.time6 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
VisionVisual Acuity Test Age 8+Measures distance vision. Participant is seated 3 meters from the screen  and letters are displayed one at a time. As the participant successfully identifies letters of a given size, smaller ones appear, until the software ascertains the smallest-size the participant can successfully see.time3 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
OlfactionOdor Identification Test Age 10+The ability to detect odors, to recognize and discriminate odor qualities, and to identify the sources of odors in our world.

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PainPain Interference Survey Age 18+Computer-adaptive measure of the self-reported extent to which pain interfered with or affected enjoyment of various daily activities in the past seven days.time1 Preview MeasureRead User GuideView Online Training
TasteRegional Taste Intensity Test Age 12+Measures perceived intensity of quinine and salt administered in liquid solutions. Participants rate intensity by touching the screen at any point on the scale from "Strongest imaginable" to "No sensation".time6 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
Pain

Pain Intensity Survey Age 18+

 

 

Consists of one self-report item asking about the participant’s level of pain in the past seven days. Participants are asked to rate their pain on a scale from 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst imaginable pain).time1  Preview MeasureRead User GuideView Online Training

NIH Toolbox Sensation Supplemental Measures – Ages 8+

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time (minutes)
Materials RequiredPreviewManualeLearning
Quality of LifeVision-Related Quality of Life Age 18+Measures self-reported quality of life related to visual function. Participant responds to 53 questions, with answer options ranging from “Not difficult at all,” to “Very difficult.”time10  n/a n/a
Hearing-related DisabilityHearing Handicap Inventory Ages 18-64n/atime3  n/an/a
Hearing-related DisabilityHearing Handicap Inventory Ages 65+n/a  time3  n/an/a

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

NIH Toolbox Sensation Measure – Ages 7-17

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time (minutes)
Materials RequiredPreviewManualeLearning
AuditionWords-in-Noise Test Age 6+Measures a person’s ability to recognize single words presented amid varying levels of background noise, measuring how much difficulty a person might have hearing in a noisy environment. A recorded voice instructs the participant to listen and repeat words. Task becomes increasingly difficult as the background noise gets louder, reducing the signal-to-noise ratio.time6 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
VisionVisual Acuity Test Age 8+Measures distance vision. Participant is seated 3 meters from the screen at eye level, and letters are displayed one at a time for the participant to identify, using both eyes at the same time. As the participant successfully identifies letters of a given size, smaller ones appear,  until the software ascertains the smallest-size optotype the participant can successfully see.time3 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
Olfaction

Odor Identification Test Ages 3-9;
Odor Identification Test Age 10+

The ability to detect odors, to recognize and discriminate odor qualities, and to identify the sources of odors in our world.

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TasteRegional Taste Intensity Test Age 12+Measures perceived intensity of quinine and salt administered in liquid solutions. Participants rate intensity by touching the screen at any point on the scale from "Strongest imaginable" to "No sensation".time6 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training

 time1= time to complete in minutes

shopping cart icon = additional materials or equipment needed

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

NIH Toolbox Sensation Measure – Ages 3-6

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time (minutes)
Materials RequiredPreview
ManualeLearning
AuditionWords-in-Noise Test Age 6+Measures a person’s ability to recognize single words amid varying levels of background noise, measuring difficulty a person might have hearing in a noisy environment. A recorded voice tells the participant to listen and repeat words. Background noise gets louder, reducing the signal-to-noise ratio .time6 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
VisionVisual Acuity Test Ages 3 -7Measures distance vision. Participant is seated 3 meters from the screen  and letters are displayed one at a time. As the participant successfully identifies letters of a given size, smaller ones appear, until the software ascertains the smallest-size the participant can successfully see.time3 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
OlfactionOdor Identification Test Ages 3-9The ability to detect odors, to recognize and discriminate odor qualities, and to identify the sources of odors in our world.

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 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training

time1 = time to complete in minutes

shopping cart icon = additional materials or equipment needed

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