Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Brief Test of Attention

  • Molly E. McLarenEmail author
  • Adam J. Woods
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9090

The Brief Test of Attention (BTA) is a test of attention based on Cooley and Morris’s conceptualization of attentional processes (Cooley and Morris 1990; Schretlen et al. 1996a). It was developed to be a pure measure auditory divided attention, and as such attempts to eliminate possible confounds of other attentional tasks such as motor and reasoning component (Schretlen et al. 1996a). It has also been suggested the BTA may be a useful embedded measure of cognitive effort (Busse and Whiteside 2012). The BTA has been used to assess attention in a variety of populations including Parkinson’s disease, sleep apnea, cancer, and traumatic brain injury (TBI; Aloia et al. 2003; Butler et al. 2008; Rao et al. 2010; Tröster et al. 1997; Wong 1999). Of note, the BTA is not intended to measure normal attention but instead to be a screening tool for attentional deficits (Schretlen 1997; Strauss et al. 2006). Additionally, the BTA does not assess visual attention (Strauss et al. 2006).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory, Department of Clinical and Health PsychologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Clinical and Health PsychologyCollege of Public Health and Health Professions, University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Center for Cognitive Aging and MemoryMcKnight Brain Institute, University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  4. 4.Department of NeuroscienceUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA