Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Purdue Pegboard

  • Kenneth PodellEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_207


The Purdue Pegboard (PP) is a test of uni- and bimanual dexterity. It is manufactured by Lafayette Instrument Company and is available through them and Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. The rectangular board consists of four wells horizontally aligned across the top. The two outer wells contain pegs, while the two middle wells contain washers and collars each that fit around the pegs. The board itself has two parallel sets of 25 holes vertically arranged.

The task in general requires examinees to take one peg at a time from the same side well as the hand being used and place it into the vertically arranged holes (on the same side of the well) from top to bottom as quickly as possible. Another task requires examinees to build “assemblies” that consist of a peg with a washer on the peg followed by a collar and then another washer on top of the collar. The standard administration requires 30 s per trial. There are commonly three conditions: first the dominant hand,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Houston Methodist HospitalHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Henry Ford Health SystemsDetroitUSA