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Cognition Lab / ERTSLab

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Cloud-based Cognitive Teaching - Run cognitive tests within any modern web browser on your desktop, tablet or mobile

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Cloud based Cognitive Teaching
Run cognitive tests within any modern web browser on your desktop, tablet or mobile

ERTSLab recently re-named Cognition Lab Teaching Package has migrated from Windows to a modern cloud-platform which allows university teachers to invite their students to perform classic cognitive experiments to learn experimental paradigms that were used to inform research on cognitive concepts such as attention, perception, memory, reaction time speed, continuous performance, vigilance, inhibition, etc

Cognition Lab is a new generation software solution which provides a complete web-based environment to configure cognitive tests, schedule sessions and collect all data from a central place.  A large inventory of cognitive test paradigms is included and can be leveraged to configure and assemble student exercises and custom test batteries.

With flexible subscription plans you can move your lab to the web and start managing your experiments end-to-end in the cloud. No installation required.  Cognition Lab runs in the web-browser on Mac, Windows or mobile device including devices owned by students  (BYOD). 

This solution gives teachers an easy way to let their students experience cognitive tasks as a test participant and learn how to analyse own test results.  In addition, you can define a session schedule with multiple measurement points to define repeated measurements for your test subjects.  All scheduled sessions can be carried out on dedicated lab computers or shared and sent to students in the form of URLs and executed on their own device. In case you have written your own browser-based test application (e.g. in jspsych), you can integrate it into Cognition Lab to take advantage of the cloud infrastructure for web-based data collection.

Cognition Lab comes with central data management capabilities that provide secure role-based access and full audit trails to meet professional standards of data protection.  Test subjects can be registered by email, any internal identifiers, or completely de-personalized information depending on your data policies and usage scenarios. Access to online reports and download of raw data can be configured in flexible ways, e.g. realizing double-blind clinical trials with no access to data, or giving test subjects access to their own data as performance feedback or as a student exercise to calculate descriptive statistics for their own test data.

Cognition Lab makes it easy to serve large populations of subjects to run their tests with one click on an URL on their own device without investing in a large computer lab.  At the same time, the web console supports professional workflows for launching sessions within a well-controlled lab environment.  Cognition Lab is also available for patient monitoring and training, and clinical trials that following strict study protocols.

Universities: take advantage of ready-to-use experimental paradigms to teach cognitive concepts.  Configure and deploy hands-on exercises via the web to reach all students and leverage social networks to recruit subjects.  Have immediate access to all results across subjects.

Neuropsychology:  stay in touch with your out-patients and prescribe regular training sessions which can be performed at home.  Send personal invitations to perform tests to remotely sample the mental state of your patients.  Review performance history and adjust difficulty.

Patient Testing:  Ad-hoc access to cognitive test paradigms to explore cognitive performance of your patients over time. Select cognitive test paradigm based on your research interest.  Tailor test design to your needs. Perform test anywhere. Define test or training plan for your subject. Measure performance. Manage all sessions in a private secure cloud instance and have results available in real-time.

Web Based:   invite subjects via public links or email and collect data via browser application that require no installation or plug-in

Configurable:   adjust each experiment to the objectives by configuring independent variables or stimulus material.  Compose multiple blocks and set number of replication to control overall length of session.

Realtime:  monitor progress of sessions and store data centrally under your account.  View descriptive statistics online or download results for further processing.

Continuously growing library of cognitive paradigms 

All test applications are available as HTML5 web applications. Run experiments on popular browsers on devices such as PC, Mac, or iPad without installation.

Key Features and Licence Conditions

  • Classroom profiles may be defined to customize the Cognition Lab interface for displaying only those components relevant to a certain student class

  • Cognition Lab experiment control relies on the accurate and well-proven DOS run-time kernel of the Cognition Lab software package
  • The experiment library includes classic as well as contemporary paradigms. It is based on a regular folder and file structure and thus may be easily extended by user-defined Cognition Lab experiments or by downloading Cognition Lab scripts from Internet.
  • Cognition Lab is designed for a local and network installation. Once installed on a server, you may use it from all Win95/98/NT clients. Library and data collection paths can be configured in the classroom profiles to point to a common directory on the server
  • Instruction, experimental design, theoretical background and references are offered as separate info topics which can be selectively turned off to let students play "naive" subjects. All documentation comes as English written RTF-files that might be edited or translated with any word processing system
  • Cognition Lab generates ASCII-based result files for raw-data, case-reports, group reports and merged export files. Depending on your teaching scenario you may disable some or all of these report features within the classroom profiles to force students to average data by their own
  • Cognition Lab licenses are restricted to teaching purposes only. The license period is annual and must be renewed every year. Cognition Lab may be installed on all local machines or local networks that are permanently owned by the licensing department

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Classic and contemporary paradigms for education and professional testing

Example: HIDDEN PATH LEARNING - Test ability to learn and remember a hidden pathway

Task Characteristics

  • Grid Size 6, 8, or 10
  • Path Characteristics Short, medium, long
  • Start/End Points Corner to Corner, Left to Right Border, Random
  • Pathway Random or Fixed Version
  • Time Max task time per field, Max task time per trial


  • Hints Show end marker, show tail path, show front of path
  • Feedback Highlight Wrong Fields, Provide Explanation, Audio On/Off
  • Incentives Show current score, show score history

Background Information

In a Hidden Path Learning Task, subjects have to explore a grid or labyrinth to find a pathway from point A to point B. Typically, the path starts in the upper left corner and end in the lower right corner. For psychometric testing, searching for a hidden path in an unconstrained NxN grid became the preferred method over labyrinth testing in which subjects must find a pathway through a set of walls. In the unconstrained version (no walls) a path is invisible and a subject must move a marker step by step exploring the fields surrounding the current location to find the next valid tile of the pathway. The characteristics of the path can be set by varying the length of the path (steps), the number of turns, and the distance between the start and end point.

For each step, the subject can choose between three possible directions (straight, left, or right) as long as no boundary conditions constrain those moves. As a general rule, diagonal moves and jump moves to fields further apart from the current fields are not allowed. A pathway should always keep a distance of one field to itself, so that fields to not directly touch eachother. These rules limit the possible choices as the subject moves on. When the subject tries a valid field but the field is in the wrong direction, this is called an exploratory error. The theoretical maximum number of exploratory errors for a given path depends on how many direction are blocked by the pathway itself or by touching borders of the maze.

Hidden pathway learning tasks have been used in neuropsychological research and practice for more than 80 years for studying exploratory and goal-oriented behaviors, and later as an experimental tool in neuropsychology(Thomas et al. 2014, Papp et al. 2011). The task paradigm has been originally described by Barker (1931) and Milner (1965). It has a strong executive component since subjects must make decisions, follow rules, and may learn heuristics to predict the path when it is approaching the end point. By repeating the same path pattern several times, visuo-spatial memory can be tested. Correspondingly, this test is sensitive to neurological disorders that affect exploratory goal-oriented behavior and implicit learning. The computerized version of the The Groton Maze Learning Task has been widely used as an neuropsychological test in clinical trials and was specifically sensitive to Alzheimer-related cognitive deficits (Pietraz et al., 2008). This implementation of the hidden path learning test offers many configurations options to realize different flavors and complexity levels of the hidden path learning paradigm. You can vary grid size, path characteristics, and hints about path depending on your patient profile and research objectives.

To measure subject’s ability of anticipating the path, a new orientation index is introduced that counts the number of exploratory errors relative to the number of possible errors. In theory, each step is a point of choice to go in one of three directions. But this number of choices is reduced when the current field is attached to the border of the grid or a field would touch the tail of the path. Consequently, the sum of all choices for a given path is not only related to the number of steps but also to the shape and position of the path. The orientation index takes this into account by computing the percentage of exploratory errors relative to the number of possible exploratory errors. The percentage is inversed so that 100% reflects perfect performance and 0% indicates that all possible exploratory errors have been made. This orientation index is more robust than just counting the number of exploration errors when comparing different path length or shapes.

In addition, the number of rule violations are recorded to measures the ability to adhere to simple rules which is usually not a problem in healthy subjects but observed in schizophrenic patients.


ATTENTIONAL NETWORK TASK - Study the benefit of visual and auditory cues on the speed of processing visual information

LEFT-RIGHT TASK - Study the interference effects of conflicting response information vs. conflicting stimulus information

UNSTABLE TRACKING - Use compensatory tracking to measure mental stress and impact of secondary task on performance

ROAD TRACKING - Study the ability to follow a windy road under various conditions

N-BACK TASK - Study the ability to recognize items that have been presented n-steps before

WORD LIST - Study the ability to recall or reproduce items from a word list

STOP-SIGNAL TASK - Study the ability to suppress responses when a stop signal interrupts the primary task

TAPPING - Measure how fast you can tap on a key

COLOUR NAMING TASK (STROOP) - Study how color and color words can interfer each other

LINE LENGTH ESTIMATION (MUELLER-LYER) - Study the effect of different geometric shapes on estimating the length of a line

LOCATION MEMORY SPAN (CORSI SPAN) - Measure the memory span for recalling a sequence of locations

DIGIT MEMORY SPAN - Measure how many digits a person can reproduce in average  

MAZE VIGILANCE TEST - Study how you can pay attention to rare events

CARD SORTING TEST - Measure the flexibility of shifting rules on how to sort cards into different piles

SERIAL REACTION TIME TASK - Study the ability to reproduce spatial sequences

NEGATIVE PRIMING - Study how to-be-ignored information can influence your information processing

SERIAL ARITHMETIC TASK - This test measures the speed of adding and subtracting numbers from each other

DIGITAL SYMBOL SUBSTITUTION TASK - This test measures the speed of matching symbols to digits

VISUAL SEARCH - Study the speed of detecting a target symbol among distractors

TASK SWITCHING - Study the effect of blocked vs. mixed instructions on your response time

STIMULUS QUALITY - Study how degraded visual stimulus quality and time uncertainty affects response latency

STERNBERG MEMORY SEARCH (VARIABLLE SET) - Measure the time needed to recognize memorized items

STERNBERG MEMORY SEARCH (FIXED SET) -  Measure the time needed to recognize memorized items

SIMON EFFECT - Study how stimulus location can interfere with your motoric response

SPATIAL ATTENTION TASK - Study how you can benefit from a cue that predicts the stimulus location

RANDOM DOTS - Study the speed to compare random dot patterns

PICTORIAL MEMORY SEARCH - Measure the time needed to recognize memorized pictures

LETTER MATCH - Study the effect of different encoding levels on the response latency

DONDERS RESPONSE TYPES - Study how fast you can respond to visual stimuli

MENTAL ROTATION - Study the effect of symbol rotation when discriminating between normal and mirrored images


This is not an exhaustive list, and if you would like further information or a free trial demo please contact us at

All test applications are available as HTML5 web applications. Run experiments on popular browsers on devices such as PC, Mac, or iPad without installation

The Cognition Lab teaching package offers a Win95/98/NT/2K/XP point&click user interface to browse and run a large library of cognitive paradigms. The library includes classic and contemporary experimental paradigms that are based on the well proven scripting language of the classic research version of Cognition Lab / ERTS.

Cognition Lab has been tested under Win95/98, WinNT, and WinXP

Cognition Lab / ERTSLab

ERTSLab 1 Month Teaching Package
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£ 106.48 120.00
Cognition Lab 6 Months Teaching Package
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£ 576.75 650.00
Cognition Lab Annual Teaching Package
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£ 869.55 980.00

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