Comprehensive Affect Testing System (CATS)FREE for use with an Inquisit Lab or Inquisit Web license.
Available Test Forms
Comprehensive Affect Testing System - Complete Battery (CATS-R)
A battery of 13 subtests measuring different aspects of emotional cognition and processing by Froming et al (2006).
Subtest 1: Identity Discrimination
Participants decide whether two presented faces are the same people
Subtest 2: Affect Discrimination
Participants decide whether two presented faces show the same emotion.
Subtest 3: Nonemotional Prosody Discrimination
Participants decide whether two spoken statements sound the same.
Subtest 4: Emotional Prosody Discrimination
Participants decide whether the emotions in two spoken statements are the same.
Subtest 5: Name Affect
Participants are presented one face at a time (6 altogether) and have to identify the emotion of the face.
Subtest 6: Name Prosody
Participants are presented with 12 spoken sentences and have to categorize the expressed emotion.
Subtest 7: Match Affect
Participants are select which of 5 faces matches the affect of a target face.
Subtest 8: Select Affect
Participants are select which of 5 faces matches the affect of a stated emotion.
Subtest 9: Conflicting Prosody/Meaning – Attend Prosody
Participants listen to 12 sentences spoken in a happy, sad or neutral voice and must identify the emotion of the voice while ignoring the meaning of the sentence.
Subtest 10: Conflicting Prosody/Meaning – Attend Meaning
Participants listen to 12 sentences spoken in a happy, sad or neutral voice and have to identify the affective meaning of the sentence content ignoring the emotional tone of the voice.
Subtest 11: Match Emotional Prosody to Emotional Face
Participants are asked to select the facial expression (5 choices) that reflects the emotion of a person reading a neutral sentence.
Subtest 12: Match Emotional Face to Emotional Prosody
Participants decide which of 3 sentences read in an emotional tone corresponds to the emotional expression of a given face.
Subtest 13: Three Faces Test
Participants see 3 faces and decide which two depict the same emotion.
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