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 What and Why?


NIH Toolbox is a multidimensional set of brief measures assessing cognitive, emotional, motor and sensory function from ages 3 to 85, meeting the need for a standard set of measures that can be used as a “common currency” across diverse study designs and settings. 

NIH Toolbox monitors neurological and behavioral function over time, and measures the domain constructs across developmental stages. This facilitates the study of functional changes across the lifespan, including evaluating intervention and treatment effectiveness. Fees may apply for use of the NIH Toolbox in projects not funded by NIH.

Cognition Domain     Emotion Domain    |   Motor Domain   |   Sensation Domain


 News and Announcements


 Training News


This training workshop is now full.  We will be scheduling additional sessions in 2016.  Announcements will follow when the schedule is set.

NIH Toolbox iPad App Training

December 7-8, 2015

Information & registration: 


     NEW !


    An upgrade (v1.1) to the NIH Toolbox iPad app is now available!

    Use of the NIH Toolbox has grown considerably since first released in 2012.  To meet this growing demand, the development team at Northwestern University created an iPad app to administer NIH Toolbox instruments.  This app was first released in August 2015.

    • This upgrade includes:

      • New Content

        • NIH Toolbox Regional Taste Intensity Test

        • NIH Toolbox Visual Acuity Test

        • NIH Toolbox Pattern Comparison Processing Speed Test Ages 3-6

        • NIH Toolbox 2-Minute Walk Endurance Test

        • NIH Toolbox Dimensional Change Card Sort Test Ages 3-7, Development Extension (experimental)

      • Redesigned administrator workflow, based on user feedback. Administration is now easier and faster, taking the user from installation to administration in just a few taps. Participant-centric design allows for intuitive assessment management and simple set-up.

      • Enhanced, user-modifiable data export options, including file sharing through iTunes

      • Available for iOS 8.4 and iOS 9.0

    • We are currently running an introductory offer of 6-month access for $9.99.  As of January 2016, we will offer a 60-day FREE trial period and an annual subscription for $499.99.  At that time, the $9.99 introductory offer will no longer be available.

    • The subscription includes support for installation on up to 10 iPads.

    For more information, visit the NIH Toolbox iPad App Resources page.

    To get the app, visit the App Store on your iPad, or follow this link:

    Hardware Requirements

    • iPad Air or iPad Air 2, with Wi-Fi capacity, that is running iOS 8.4 version or later.

    • NIH Toolbox App is not compatible with the iPad mini or other apple devices (e.g., iPhone).

    • Wi-Fi capacity is only required to initially install the app, and is not required during test administration.

    • A bluetooth keyboard is required for the administration of the following tests: NIH Toolbox List Sorting Working Memory Test and NIH Toolbox Oral Reading Recognition Test. For a full list of required hardware and/or materials, see the Administrator’s Manual (Appendix 1).

    Access to Cognition instruments

    • Instruments used for assessment of Cognition, while available at no additional cost, require the successful completion of a separate approval. Generally, approval will be granted to researchers and clinicians with the knowledge to use neuropsychological tests. 

      To request access, send an email request to  with "Request for Access" in the subject line.

    NIH Toolbox Standing Balance Test

    • To administer the Standing Balance test, you will need additional hardware (iPod Touch, 5th generation or later) and the BalancePod app, available at no additional cost through the App Store.

      Get BalancePod here>>

    Coming soon!

    • Additional NIH Toolbox supplemental instruments

    • Administration of complete NIH Toolbox batteries in Spanish

    • A stand-alone NIH PROMIS app

    • Normed values for all NIH Toolbox domains 

    • And more! 

    Thank you for your interest in the NIH Toolbox!

    Contact with questions, comments or suggestions.


     Emotion Measures


    Emotion Measures PDFs are available here>> 
    The PDFs  show the content of each measure. They are provided for item review purposes only and are not appropriate for actual administration.


     How Do I?


     Recent Publications


    Carlozzi NE, Beaumont JL, Tulsky DS, Gershon RC. The NIH Toolbox Pattern Comparison Processing Speed Test: Normative Data. Arch. Clin. Neuropsychol. 2015;Epub ahead of print.

    Troller-Renfree SV, Barker T, Pine DS, Fox NA.  Cognitive Functioning in Socially Anxious Adults: Insights from the NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery. Front Psychol. 2015;6(764) 

    Zahodne LB, Nowinski CJ, Gershon RC, Manly JJ. Self-Efficacy Buffers the Relationship between Educational Disadvantage and Executive Functioning. J. Int. Neuropsychol. Soc. 2015;Epub ahead of print

    See a complete list of publications about NIH Toolbox>>   

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