NIH toolbox cognition battery (CB): Measuring episodic memory

Patricia J. Bauer, Sureyya S. Dikmen, Robert K. Heaton, Dan M Mungas, Jerry Slotkin, Jennifer L. Beaumont

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One of the most significant domains of cognition is episodic memory, which allows for rapid acquisition and long-term storage of new information. For purposes of the NIH Toolbox, we devised a new test of episodic memory. The nonverbal NIH Toolbox Picture Sequence Memory Test (TPSMT) requires participants to reproduce the order of an arbitrarily ordered sequence of pictures presented on a computer. To adjust for ability, sequence length varies from 6 to 15 pictures. Multiple trials are administered to increase reliability. Pediatric data from the validation study revealed the TPSMT to be sensitive to age-related changes. The task also has high test-retest reliability and promising construct validity. Steps to further increase the sensitivity of the instrument to individual and age-related variability are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-48
Number of pages15
JournalMonographs of the Society for Research in Child Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Medicine(all)


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