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A task in which subjects are presented with a stream of letters, and must respond to one of the letters and refrain from responding to any other letters. The Penn Continuous Performance Test (PCPT) uses a standard CPT paradigm. The participant responds to a set of 7-segment displays presented 1/sec., whenever they form a digit (NUMBERS, initial 3 min) or letter (LETTERS, next 3 min). The number of true positive responses is recorded as the accuracy score and the median response time for true positive responses is the measure of attention speed.



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Phenotypes associated with Penn continuous performance task


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Experimental conditions are the subsets of an experiment that define the relevant experimental manipulation.


In the Cognitive Atlas, we define a contrast as any function over experimental conditions. The simplest contrast is the indicator value for a specific condition; more complex contrasts include linear or nonlinear functions of the indicator across different experimental conditions.

response time

An indicator is a specific quantitative or qualitative variable that is recorded for analysis. These may include behavioral variables (such as response time, accuracy, or other measures of performance) or physiological variables (including genetics, psychophysiology, or brain imaging data).


Clinical Utility of the Conners' Continuous Performance Test-II to Detect Poor Effort in U.S. Military Personnel Following Traumatic Brain Injury.
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Psychological assessment (Psychol Assess)
2012 Dec 17

A cognitive neuroscience-based computerized battery for efficient measurement of individual differences: standardization and initial construct validation.
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Journal of neuroscience methods (J Neurosci Methods)
2010 Mar 30

Associations between event-related potentials and measures of attention and inhibition in the Continuous Performance Task in children with ADHD and normal controls.
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(J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry)
1998 Sep

The continuous performance test: a window on the neural substrates for attention?
Riccio CA, Reynolds CR, Lowe P, Moore JJ
(Arch Clin Neuropsychol)
2002 Apr