Neurological Sciences

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 203–210 | Cite as

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

  • Gabriela Peretti Wagner
  • Sarah E. MacPherson
  • Maria Alice M. P. Parente
  • Clarissa M. Trentini
Review Article


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.


Cognitive estimation test Estimation abilities Executive functions 



The first author acknowledges to CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior) for the PhD and the PDEE fundings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriela Peretti Wagner
    • 1
  • Sarah E. MacPherson
    • 2
  • Maria Alice M. P. Parente
    • 1
  • Clarissa M. Trentini
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute of Psychology and the Psychology Post-Graduate ProgramUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGSPorto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, Human Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of PsychologyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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