The MRC National Survey of Health of Development (NSHD) assessed their cohort members (CMs) during the study’s age 68-70 sweep using the Finger Tapping Test.
Details on this measure and the data collected from the CMs are outlined in the table below.
|CHC:||Psychomotor Speed (Gps)|
|Administration method:||Research nurse; face to face; physical task|
|Procedure:||With their palm down and fingers extended, participants were asked to tap a lever with their index finger as fast as possible for 10 seconds. They were asked to do this once with their right hand and once with their left.|
|Link to questionnaire:||https://skylark.ucl.ac.uk/NSHD/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=questionnaires:2015_capi.pdf (opens in new tab)|
|Scoring:||Number of taps per hand (0 - 88)|
|Total score/derived variable(s):||TAPLF15x, TAPRF15x|
|Descriptives:||Left hand (raw score)||Right hand (raw score)|
|N = 2,052||N = 2,050|
|Range = 4 - 88||Range = 9 - 87|
|Mean = 45.98||Mean = 48.78|
|SD = 11.32||SD = 11.69|
|(click image to enlarge)||(click image to enlarge)
|Age of participants (months):||Mean = 834.14, SD = 2.93, Range = 828 - 848|
|Other sweep and/or cohort:||None|
|Source:||Reitan, R. M., & Wolfson, D. (1985). The Halstead-Reitan neuropsychological test battery: Theory and clinical interpretation (Vol. 4). Reitan Neuropsychology.|
|Technical resources:||Dumont, R., Willis, J. O., Viezel, K., & Zibulsky, J. (2013). Halstead_Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery. Encyclopedia of Special Education: A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals.|
|Reference examples:||Morrison, M. W., Gregory, R. J., & Paul, J. J. (1979). Reliability of the Finger Tapping Test and a note on sex differences. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 48(1), 139-142.|
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This page is part of CLOSER’s ‘A guide to the cognitive measures in five British birth cohort studies’.