CNTRICS final task selection: Working memory

Deanna M. Barch, Marc G. Berman, Randy Engle, Jessica Hurdelbrink Jones, John Jonides, Angus MacDonald, Derek Evan Nee, Thomas S. Redick, Scott R. Sponheim

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The third meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia (CNTRICS) was focused on selecting promising measures for each of the cognitive constructs selected in the first CNTRICS meeting. In the domain of working memory, the 2 constructs of interest were goal maintenance and interference control. CNTRICS received 3 task nominations for each of these constructs, and the breakout group for working memory evaluated the degree to which each of these tasks met prespecified criteria. For goal maintenance, the breakout group for working memory recommended the AX-Continuous Performance Task/Dot Pattern Expectancy task for translation for use in clinical trial contexts in schizophrenia research. For interference control, the breakout group recommended the recent probes and operation/symmetry span tasks for translation for use in clinical trials. This article describes the ways in which each of these tasks met the criteria used by the breakout group to recommend tasks for further development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-152
Number of pages17
JournalSchizophrenia bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Goal maintenance
  • Inference control
  • Schizophrenia


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