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part of the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale and Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery, it is an analog to a digit span task. White squares are shown, some of which briefly change colour in a variable sequence. The participant must then touch the boxes which changed colour in the same order that they were displayed by the computer (for clinical mode) or in the reverse order (for reverse mode). The number of boxes increases from 2 at the start of the test to 9 at the end, and the sequence and colour are varied through the test.
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Definition contributed by CTorgerson about five years ago
Member of collections: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV), Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB)
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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.


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).

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Definition contributed by MLewis about five years ago:part of the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale, it is an analog to a digit span task in which participants observe experimenter tapping out a sequence on a series of (no more than 10) blocks and must repeat it, sometimes in the reverse order


Definition contributed by NPicchetti about seven years ago:No definition submitted yet.

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Verbal and Visuospatial Span in Logopenic Progressive Aphasia and Alzheimer's Disease.
Foxe DG, Irish M, Hodges JR, Piguet O
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS (J Int Neuropsychol Soc)
2013 Jan 8
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Working memory task performance and chunking in early Alzheimer's disease.
Huntley J, Bor D, Hampshire A, Owen A, Howard R
The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science (Br J Psychiatry)
2011 May
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