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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. 

By using multiple constructs of each domain, the 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 and Events


     Quick Links to frequently visited places


     NIH Toolbox Training Workshops-2014


     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.


     Neurology® March 2013 Special Issue


    A supplement issue of Neurology® marks the unveiling of the multi-year effort to develop the NIH Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function. See the supplement issue>>


     Featured Instrument


    NIH Toolbox Odor Identification Test
    Assesses a person’s ability to identify various odors.

    Participants use scratch ’n’ sniff cards and after scratching them one at a time, are asked to identify which of four pictures on the computer screen matches the odor they have just smelled. 

    Test takes approximately 4 to 5 minutes to administer and is recommended for ages 3-85.
    ​  Full description

    Approximately 4 to 5 minutes to administer and is recommended for ages 3-85.


     Recent Publications


    Nowinski C, Gershon R. The NIH Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function. APAHC Grand rounds. 2014;3(2):8.  Article appears on pg. 8 of newsletter

    Zahodne LB., Nowinski CJ, Gershon RC, Manly JJ. Which Psychosocial Factors Best Predict Cognitive Performance in Older Adults? J. Int. Neuropsychol. Soc. 2014;FirstView:1-9

    Akshoomoff N, Newman E, ... Jernigan TL. et al
    NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery: Results From a Large Normative Developmental Sample (PING). Neuropsychology. 2013 Nov 11. Epub ahead of print

    See a complete list of publications about NIH Toolbox>>   

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