Test of everyday attention

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The Test of Everyday Attention (TEA) is designed to measure attention in adults age 18 through 80 years. The test comprises 8 subsets that represent everyday tasks and has three parallel forms.[1] It assess three aspects of attentional functioning: selective attention, sustained attention, and mental shifting.[2]

Test subsets[edit]

The subsets include the following:[2]

  • Map Search: looking at a large map of Philadelphia, patients search for symbols (selective attention)
  • Elevator Counting
  • Visual Elevator
  • Telephone Search
  • Lottery: patient are asked to listen for their 'winning number' presented on audio tape, then write down the two letters preceding a specified number


There is also a version available for children and adolescents aged 6 to 15 years and 11 months, called the Test of Everyday Attention for Children (TEA-Ch).[1] The TEA-Ch has 9 subsets and two parallel forms. Administration time is 55 to 60 minutes.

TEA-Ch subsets[edit]

Selective attention is measured by two tasks requiring the ability to detect targets from distractors:[3]

  • Sky Search
  • Map Mission

Sustained attention is measured by four tasks:

  • Score
  • Score DT
  • Code Transmission
  • Walk/Don't Walk


  1. ^ a b Nancy Hebben; William Milberg (10 September 2009). Essentials of Neuropsychological Assessment. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 122–. ISBN 978-0-470-53589-9. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Anthony David; Simon Fleminger; Michael Kopelman; Simon Lovestone; John Mellers (2 April 2012). Lishman's Organic Psychiatry: A Textbook of Neuropsychiatry. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 148–. ISBN 978-0-470-67507-6. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Montreal Kim Cornish Professor McGill University, Canada and Monash University Melbourne; University of London John Wilding Emeritus Reader in Psychology Royal Holloway College (15 July 2010). Attention, Genes, and Developmental Disorders. Oxford University Press. pp. 192–. ISBN 978-0-19-972067-5. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 

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