ALSPAC – Age 11.5 – TEA-Ch Attentional Control (Opposite Worlds)

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The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) assessed their cohort members (CMs) during the study’s age 11.5 sweep (Focus 11+ Clinic) using the Attentional Control (Opposite Worlds) measure from the Test of Everyday Attention for Children (TEA-Ch).

Details on this measure and the data collected from the CMs are outlined in the table below.


Domain:Processing speed
Measures:Selective attention
Cognitive flexibility
Processing speed
Executive functions
Domain:Gs (Processing Speed)
Gsm (Short-Term Memory)
Administration method:Trained interviewer; clinical setting; pen and paper
Procedure:A form of Stroop task. The child was shown a trail made up of the numbers 1 and 2 (with 24 numbers in total). The tester pointed to each number, one after the other, and the child delivered responses based on two conditions. In the 'same world' (control) condition, they read the numbers out as they are, as quickly as possible. In the 'opposite world' condition, the child was required to say the opposite number to the one that was pointed to. A demonstration of each condition and a practice attempt were administered first. There were four test trials: a same world trial, followed by two opposite world trials and finishing with another same world trial.
Link to questionnaire:http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/researchers/our-data/clinical-measures/ (opens in new tab)
Scoring:Mean time (seconds).
Item-level variable(s):Not readily available.
Total score/derived variable(s):feat200 -feat229
Descriptives:'Same world' normative score'Opposite world' normative score
N = 6,799N = 6,797
Range = 1 - 19Range = 1 - 19
Mean = 18.81Mean = 18.44
SD = 0.97SD = 1.36
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Age of participants:Mean (months) = 140.97, SD = 2.86, Range = 125 - 163
Other sweep and/or cohort:ALSPAC – Age 8.5 – TEA-Ch Attentional Control (Opposite Worlds)
Source:Robertson, I. H., Ward, T., Ridgeway, V., & Nimmo-Smith, I. (1996). The structure of normal human attention: The Test of Everyday Attention. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 2(6), 525-534.
Manly, T., Anderson, V., Nimmo-Smith, I., Turner, A., Watson, P., & Robertson, I. H. (2001). The differential assessment of children's attention: The Test of Everyday Attention for Children (TEA-Ch), normative sample and ADHD performance. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 42(8), 1065-1081.
Technical resources:Heaton, S. C., Reader, S. K., Preston, A. S., Fennell, E. B., Puyana, O. E., Gill, N., & Johnson, J. H. (2001). The Test of Everyday Attention for Children (TEA-Ch): Patterns of performance in children with ADHD and clinical controls. Child Neuropsychology, 7(4), 251-264.
Reference examples:Booth, J. N., Tomporowski, P. D., Boyle, J. M., Ness, A. R., Joinson, C., Leary, S. D., & Reilly, J. J. (2013). Associations between executive attention and objectively measured physical activity in adolescence: findings from ALSPAC, a UK cohort. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 6(3), 212-219.

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This page is part of CLOSER’s ‘A guide to the cognitive measures in five British birth cohort studies’.