The National Institutes of Health has developed the NIH Toolbox, a comprehensive set of neuro-behavioral measurements that quickly assess cognitive, emotional, sensory, and motor functions from the convenience of an iPad.
The toolbox is a collection of brief, validated assessment tools intended for researchers and clinicians in a wide range of settings. It contains two types of measures:
- Performance-based tests of function (also known as "objective measures").
- Self-report and proxy measures (primarily for emotion).
The toolbox assesses the domains of:
- Cognition: The mental processes involved in gaining knowlege and comprehension, such as thinking, knowing, remembering, judging, and problem-solving.
- Emotion: Any strong feelings, such as joy, sorrow, or fear.
- Motor: The ability to use and control muscles and movements.
- Sensation: The biochemical and neurologic process of detecting incoming nerve impulses as nervous system activity.
The NIH Toolbox Cognition, Emotion, Motor, and Sensation measures were developed by a team of more than 300 scientists from nearly 100 academic institutions as part of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.