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Why choose CANTAB?

Over the last 30 years the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) has become recognised as the gold standard cognitive assessment and data collection software.

CANTAB accurately measures cognitive function, identifies levels of performance and impairment, and quantifies the effectiveness of treatments in the brain. The technology is used in thousands of clinical trials, hospitals, healthcare practices, and academic institutions around the world. 

Benefits of using CANTAB

High impact and meaningful research

Precise, objective measurements of cognitive function

Saves time & reduce costs with quick & easy study set-up

Automated test delivery removes variance for consistent testing & quality data

Automated data capture & scoring removes human error & saves time

Language independent & suitable for cross-cultural research 

Practice effects are eliminated with parallel modes & stimuli randomisation

Translational utility enables comparisons with preclinical findings

Multiple task variants to avoid floor or ceiling effects, allowing test difficulties to be adjusted for participants of all ages and abilities 

CANTAB has been used in conjunction with fMRI to identify brain circuitry & neurochemical systems involved in task performance


CANTAB cognitive assessment technology has been designed for use on digital devices to focus task outcome measures on specific brain circuits and neurochemistry. The tests have been continually improved to increase their specificity and sensitivity whilst maintaining their scientific validity, allowing direct comparisons with thousands of clinical and preclinical studies.


With CANTAB, studies and assessments are quick and easy to set up, administer and report on - saving costs, reducing data errors and increasing the quality of study results. Automated computerised test delivery ensures every participant is assessed consistently, removing the possibility of any rater variance effecting results and allows non-specialist study staff to administer tests.


Participants are guided through assessment with voiceover instructions, available in over 30 languages, making CANTAB simple to administer and complete. Study data is automatically quality checked at source and results are instantly calculated and scored, ensuring clean data, prevent any human error, save time and ensure results are objectively measured.


CANTAB tests have translational utility meaning that data can be compared directly to preclinical findings and have been adapted and used in conjunction functional neuroimaging to identify brain circuitry and neurochemical systems involved in task performance.


CANTAB uses non-verbal visual stimuli for use across all languages and cultures. Parallel modes and automatic stimuli randomisation prevent practice effects for repeat tested and dynamic tasks variants adjust to participant performance. Adaptive modes allow investigators to change the difficulty of the tests dependent on user age and ability, adapting for healthy volunteers, impaired patients and children, avoiding floor or ceiling effects.

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