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ALSPAC – Age 11.5 – TEA-Ch Sky Search

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 Sky Search 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.

Measures:Selective attention
Mental speed
Visual scanning
CHC:Gs (Processing Speed)
Gps (Psychomotor Speed)
Gv (Visual Processing)
Gsm (Short-Term Memory)
Administration method:Trained interviewer; clinical setting; pen and paper
Procedure:The child was presented with an array of non-identical and identical spaceships, and was tasked with circling pairs of identical spaceships as quickly as possible, whilst trying to avoid any errors. The interviewer demonstrated, and the child worked through a practice sheet. After the practice sheet, the child was presented with larger sheet and asked to do the same (20 identical pairs). The amount of time taken was recorded in seconds.
The above task was repeated, without the non-identical pairs of ships. The aim was to identify how quickly the child could complete the task, in order to control for motor performance.
Link to questionnaire: (opens in new tab)
Scoring:Three summary scores are provided:
i. unadjusted score: time taken (in seconds) for the search task divided by the number of spaceship pairs correctly circled
ii. motor score: time in seconds for the motor task divided by number of correct pairs
iii. The adjusted score is calculated by subtracting the motor score from the unadjusted score, thus controlling for motor speed
Item-level variable(s):Not readily available.
Total score/derived variable(s):feat025 - feat065
Descriptives:Raw score
N = 7,119
Range = 1-17
Mean = 9.11
SD = 2.42
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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 Selective Attention and Motor Control Sky Search
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:Odd, D. E., Emond, A., & Whitelaw, A. (2012). Long-term cognitive outcomes of infants born moderately and late preterm. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 54(8), 704-709.
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.

For the named items in the table above, links are provided to their corresponding content on CLOSER Discovery. Where a variable range is provided, full variable lists can be accessed through the ‘Variable Groups’ tab on the linked Discovery page.

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