Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Continuous Auditory Test of Attention (CATA)

  • Lindsay E. AyearstEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9054


Conners CATA


The Conners Continuous Auditory Test of Attention (Conners CATA TM) assesses auditory processing and attention-related problems in individuals 8 years of age and older. The 14-min test consists of 200 trials divided into four blocks of 50 trials each. The test provides specific information about the type of auditory attention deficits (e.g., inattentiveness, impulsivity, and sustained attention) and information about auditory processing, including laterality (i.e., relative effectiveness/efficiency in processing left- or right-ear targets) and mobility (i.e., the ability to shift attention from one ear to another) (see Table 1 below).
Continuous Auditory Test of Attention (CATA), Table 1

A summary of the Conners Continuous Auditory Test of Attention

Administration time

14 min


Respond to warned high tone, ignore unwarned high tone

Areas of attention measured



Sustained attention

Auditory laterality

Auditory mobility


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Multi-Health Systems Inc.TorontoCanada