Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Colored Progressive Matrices

  • Victoria M. LeavittEmail author
  • Erica Weber
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1059


  • The colored progressive matrices (CPM) are an alternate form of the Raven’s progressive matrices (RPM) that was published in the 1940s. Shorter and simpler than the original, this version was designed for younger children (ages 5–11 years), the elderly (over 65 years), and people with moderate or severe learning difficulties. As such, it also tends to be used more frequently in research protocols, although it is important to note that the CPM and the RPM are not interchangeable nor may derived scores from the two tests be interpreted the same. CPM contains 36 items, grouped into three sets (A, Ab, B) of 12 items each: A and B from the original version, with the addition of set Ab. Most items are presented on a colored background to make the test visually stimulating for participants; the bright background does not seem to detract from the clarity of the stimuli. As the last few items in set B are exactly the same as they appear in the standard version, an examinee who...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cognitive Neuroscience DivisionColumbia University Medical SchoolNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationKessler FoundationEast HanoverUSA