Assays and Tools

Below you will find many of the tools that researchers have used at the Sackler Institute to aid them in their various projects. This includes applications, programs and sets of stimuli developed by Sackler researchers, as well as links to tools from other organizations. They are free to be used by others for their own research.

Online Webtasks

These online webtasks were created to administer some of the tasks that participants play when they come into the Sackler Institute
Fish Game

Casey Attention Battery

This Attention Battery was developed and programmed by BJ Casey, PhD for the Macintosh computer with the programming software Psyscope.

Face Go/No-Go Task

Attention Network Tests (ANT)

The ANT is a task designed to test alerting, orienting, and executive control networks. Dr. Jin Fan's web page has instructions about how to use the program. During the last several years at the Sackler Institute we have been trying to link imaging data on attention networks to individual performance and underlying genes.
Adult ANT (

Child ANT (

Java Version (


Wack-A-Mole is a Go/NoGo cognitive control task.

Go to Wack-A-Mole page

Pokemon Go/No-Go Task

The is a parametric go/no-go task with Pokemon stimuli by Sarah Durston. See: A neural basis for the development of inhibitory control. Durston S, Thomas KM, Yang YH, Ulug AM, Zimmerman RD, & Casey BJ. (Nov 2002), Developmental Science, 5 (4): F9-F16.
requires IFIS

requires only E-Prime

Emotional NoGo


EmoNogo Agreement

Cognitive Control Under Emotion (CCUE) Task


CCUE Agreement

Letters NoGo

As cited in: Frontostriatal connectivity and its role in cognitive control in parent-child dyads with ADHD. Casey BJ, Epstein JN, Buhle J, Liston C, Davidson MC, Tonev ST, Spicer J, Niogi S, Millner AJ, Reiss A, Garrett A, Hinshaw SP, Greenhill LL, Shafritz KM, Vitolo A, Kotler LA, Jarrett MA, Glover G. (Nov 2007), Am J Psychiatry, 164(11): 1729–1736.

Food NoGo

As cited in: Probing behavioral responses to food: Development of a food-specific go/no-go task. Teslovich T, Freidl EK, Kostro K, Weigel J, Davidow JY, Riddle MC, Helion C, Dreyfuss M, Rosenbaum M, Walsh TB, Casey BJ, Mayer, L. (2014), Psychiatry Research, 219(1), 166-170.

NimStim Emotional Face Stimuli

NimStim is a set of over 600 face images that are available for the scientific community. There are 16 expressions posed by over 45 professional actors of varying ethnicities. Images are in color bitmap format. The site also contains information regarding validity of each expression.

MRI SNR Analysis Tool

This is a MATLAB script to algorithmically calculate signal-to-noise ratios on sets of MRI images. The hope was that this method would be less sensitive to variability resulting from placement of ROIs by hand onto the images and would prove useful for comparing SNR across different sets of images and possibly across different sites. Look in the script for usage directions.



This tool enables experimenters to have multiple views of topographical EEG data, as well as various combinations of the data and their differences. The application is able to read NetStation raw EEG data directly from the NetStation exporter and raw NeuroScan data. The application provides a three by three topomap display with difference waves generated on demand. It is also capable of exporting the display to MPEG movies.


Head Tracker Application

This program requires a Polhemus ISO Track II device. The Tracker program features a dual display of both a DVD application movie and the tracker data display. The data display also offers three views: real-time raw data, data graphed over time, and a final display which monitors head drift. The Tracker is extremely precise, able to detect movement within a tenth of a millimeter at a temporal resolution of 60 Hz.


Eye Tracker Application



Scanner Simulator Sounds



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