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Stroop Color and Word Test

The Stroop Color and Word Test assesses cognitive flexibility, attention, and inhibition. The short and easy administration and scoring of the test, as well as a long history of research, makes the Stroop test a popular measure of executive function.

The Stroop test is named after J. Ridley Stroop, the first American researcher to combine words and colors to test for interference between two different cognitive processes. The ability to differentiate the color from the name of the color word when they are juxtaposed against each other is suggested to relate to processing speed and automaticity. There are now many versions of the Stroop test. Charles J. Golden’s Stroop test is the definitive version. Golden’s 1978 version used data from his studies as well as ...

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