NIH Toolbox® for Use in Research Settings

With the development of the NIH Toolbox, researchers can assess neurobehavioral function across a common metric. That is, this suite of tests can ‘crosswalk’ among tests supporting the pooling and sharing of large data sets. It provides a universal language to import research questions both with respect to the primary study aims and those arising from secondary data analyses.

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Test Selection

NIH Toolbox tests can be added onto an existing protocol to allow for a common assessment across studies, or a researcher can choose to use the NIH Toolbox tests as standalone tests. Researchers can administer a pre-selected set of core tests or choose their own individual tests. Once tests are administered, data can be exported via .CSV files using one of several export options, e.g., configurable web location, encrypted email, iCloud or iTunes.

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Highlighted Use Case

The NIH Toolbox has been used in a number of national (and international) large scale studies, including the Human Connectome Project, ABCD Study®, Advancing Reliable Measurement in Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive Aging (ARMADA), and the Environmental Health Outcomes Study (ECHO). The ease of administration and use makes these tests a great addition to large (or smaller) scale studies.

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Mental processes involved in gaining knowledge and comprehension, such as thinking, knowing, remembering, judging and problem solving.

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A set of complex physiological processes that require the integration of multiple systems, including neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neural motor and sensory-perceptual systems.

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Biochemical and neurological process of detecting incoming nerve impulses as nervous system activity.

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Strong feelings, such as joy, sorrow, or fear. It is an affective state of consciousness in which one of these feelings is experienced.

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Getting Started with the NIH Toolbox is easy!

View aspects of the system at no cost. Simply download the NIH Toolbox app onto your iPad today, apply for cognition access, and review any test on the app for free.  

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