Review Article

Neurological Sciences

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 203-210

Cognitive estimation abilities in healthy and clinical populations: the use of the Cognitive Estimation Test

  • Gabriela Peretti WagnerAffiliated withThe Institute of Psychology and the Psychology Post-Graduate Program, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS Email author 
  • , Sarah E. MacPhersonAffiliated withCentre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, Human Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh
  • , Maria Alice M. P. ParenteAffiliated withThe Institute of Psychology and the Psychology Post-Graduate Program, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS
  • , Clarissa M. TrentiniAffiliated withThe Institute of Psychology and the Psychology Post-Graduate Program, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS

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Abstract

Estimation abilities are a group of processes that involve functions such as planning, attention, abstract reasoning, and also mnemonic processes, like semantic and working memory. They are allocated in order to solve problems for which the answers are not readily available. Estimation abilities can be measured using the Cognitive Estimation Test (CET). The aim of this article was to review the use of the CET and other tests of cognitive estimation in healthy and pathological populations. We discussed studies examining correlations between the CET and other measures of executive functions and the importance of the standardization of measures that assess estimation abilities.

Keywords

Cognitive estimation test Estimation abilities Executive functions