Assays & Tools

Here you can find tools that FAB Lab researchers and affilates have used and developed for their research projects. These include applications, programs, and sets of stimuli, which are free to be used by others for their own research projects. When referencing these tasks be sure to use the provided citations. By downloading these tools you agree to using them for educational and research purposes only.

Attention Battery

Casey, B. J., Vauss, Y., & Swedo, S.E. (1994). Attentional functioning in Sydenham's chorea: A basal ganglia disorder. Part I. Developmental Neuropsychology, 10, 75-88.

Emotional NoGo

Hare, T.A., Tottenham, N., Galvan, A., Voss, H.U., Glover, G.H. & Casey, B.J. (2008). Biological substrates of emotional reactivity and regulation in adolescence during an emotional go-nogo task. Biological Psychiatry, 63, 927-934. PMCID: PMC2664095

Eye Tracker
Face Go/NoGo

Tottenham, N., Hare, T.A., & Casey, B.J. (2011). Behavioral assessment of emotion discrimination, emotion regulation and cognitive control, in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology. PMCID: PMC311093

Food NoGo

Teslovich, T et al. (2014) Probing behavioral responses to food: Development of a food-specific go/no-go task, Psychia Research, 219:1, 166–170

Head Tracker
Pokemon Go/NoGo

Durston, S., et al (2002). An fMRI study of the effect of preceding context on inhibition.  Neuroimage, 16, 449-453.

Durston, S., et al (2002). A neural basis for development of inhibitory control.  Developmental Science, 5, 9-16.


Scanner Sounds
Attention Network Tests

Fan et al. 2002 Testing the Efficiency and Independence of Attentional Networks.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 14:3, pp. 340- 347

Topo Viewer
MRI SNR Analysis Tool
Cognitive Control Under Emotion (CCUE) Task

Cohen, AO, et al  (2016) The impact of emotional states on cognitive control circuitry and function, Journal of cognitive neuroscience

ABCD Study: fMRI Tasks

Casey, B. J., Cannonier, T., Conley, M. I., Cohen, A. O., Barch, D. M., Heitzeg, M. M., ... & Orr, C. A. (2018). The adolescent brain cognitive development (ABCD) study: imaging acquisition across 21 sites. Developmental cognitive neuroscience.

NOTE: These tasks are programmed in E-Prime. Be sure you are using E-Prime Professional or higher to run all tasks. 

Recently, Psychology Software Tools announced that E-prime is compatible with Windows 10. There are known bugs with the two most recent releases of Windows 10, versions 1930 (May 2019) and 1909 (November 2019). PST has documented workarounds for these two versions outlined here. PST worked with Microsoft to develop the workarounds above, and believes that the known issues will be resolved and no longer need work arounds in the next version of Windows 10 (expected release June 2020). It is recommended that sites running Windows 10 use version 1809 (October Update). More information running E-prime in Windows 10 can be found on the PST support website

. We hope to have validated versions of these tasks programmed in PsychoPy over the next year.


ABCD Study: Monetary Incentive Delay Task

When referring to the ABCD monetary incentive task in publications or talks, please cite: 

Knutson B, Westdorp A, Kaiser E, Hommer D (2000) FMRI visualization of brain activity during a monetary incentive delay task. NeuroImage 12: 20–27.

ABCD Study: Stop Signal Task

Recent work highlights potential issues in the current ABCD Study stop-signal task (Bissett et al., 2020 Biorxiv). An update is forthcoming.

When referring to the ABCD stop signal task in publications or talks, please cite: 

Logan GD (1994) On the ability to inhibit thought and action: A users' guide to the stop signal paradigm. In D. Dagenbach & T. H. Carr (Eds), Inhibitory processes in attention, memory, and language: 189-239. San Diego: Academic Press 

ABCD Study: Emotional N-Back Task

When referring to the ABCD emotional n-back task in publications or talks, please cite: 

Cohen, A.O., Conley, M.I., Dellarco, D.V., Casey, B.J. (November, 2016). The impact of emotional cues on short-term and long-term memory during adolescence. Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA. (Please check for the updated publication).

RADIATE Emotional Face Stimulus Set

By downloading these stimuli, I agree to use them solely for approved institutional research or educational purposes and to not use them in any way to deliberately or inadvertently identify the individuals in the pictures.  When referring to these stimuli in publications or talks, please cite  the following references

Conley, M. I., Dellarco, D. V., Rubien-Thomas, E., Cohen, A. O., Cervera, A., Tottenham, N., & Casey, B. J. (2018). The racially diverse affective expression (RADIATE) face stimulus set. Psychiatry research.


Tottenham, N, Tanaka, JW, Leon, AC, McCarry, T, Nurse, M, Hare, TA, Marcus, DJ, Westerlund, A, Casey, BJ & Nelson, C. (2009). The NimStim set of facial expressions: Judgments from untrained research participants. Psychiatry Research 168 (3) 242-249.