Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

 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 News

There are no future training workshops scheduled at this time. 

 Training and Events


     Quick Links to frequently visited places


     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?


     New! J. Int. Neuropsychological Society (JINS) publishes section on NIH Toolbox


    The Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (JINS) special series confirms the validity and reliability of the Cognition Battery element of the NIH Toolbox.   Download the series introduction. The entire series can be downloaded here

    Neurology®  supplement 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


    Bauer PJ, Zelazo PD. The National Institutes of Health Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function: A Tool for Developmental Science. Child Dev Perspect 2014;8(3):119-124.

    Denboer JW, Nicholls C, Corte C, Chestnut K. National Institutes of Health Toolbox Cognition Battery - Test Review. Arch. Clin. Neuropsychol. 2014;Epub ahead of print.

    Journal of International Neuropsychological Society (JINS) special section on the Cognition Battery of the NIH Toolbox.  Published online: 24 June 2014,  Download the series introduction. The entire series can be downloaded here.

    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

     a complete list of publications about NIH Toolbox>>   

    Our Sponsors

    • nccam
    • nei
    • nia
    • niaaa
    • nibib
    • nichd
    • nida
    • nidcd
    • nidcr
    • niehs
    • nigms
    • nimh
    • ninds
    • ninr
    • obssr