Why choose CANTAB?


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.
The technology is used in global clinical trials, hospitals, healthcare practices, and leading academic institutions for the precise measurement of brain function, helping to establish CANTAB as 
the world's most validated cognitive assessment software. 


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 voiceover test delivery removes variance to ensure consistent standardised testing

Suitable for use cross-culturally with non-verbal visual stimuli

Clean, error-free data with automated data capture & scoring

Practice effects are eliminated with parallel modes & stimuli randomisation

The translational utility of CANTAB enables comparisons with preclinical findings

Multiple task variants allow test difficulties to be adjusted to assess participants dependent on their age, ability or impairment to avoid floor or ceiling effects

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 and developed for use on digital devices to focus task outcome measures on specific brain circuits and neurochemistry. The tests have been continually refined for over 30 years to increase their specificity and sensitivity whilst maintaining their scientific validity, allowing direct comparisons with thousands of clinical and preclinical CANTAB 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.


To help guide participants through the assessment, each test is delivered with voiceover instructions, available in multiple languages, making CANTAB extremely 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.


The tests use non-verbal visual stimuli for use on broad populations across all languages and cultures. Parallel modes and automatic stimuli randomisation prevent practice effects to ensure participants can be re-tested over different time periods. Dynamic tasks variants adjust to the participants’ performance level, ending tasks when they reach their limit to prevent any unnecessary testing and maintain user engagement. Adaptive modes allow investigators to change the difficulty of the tests dependent on their age and ability, adapting for healthy volunteers, impaired patients and children, avoiding the possibility of floor or ceiling effects.


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.