The Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task (PASAT): normative data for the Italian population

Maria Cristina Saetti, Teresa Difonzo, Martina Andrea Sirtori, Luca Negri, Stefano Zago, Cecilia Rassiga

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The Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task (PASAT) is a neuropsychological instrument designed to measure attention, working memory and speed of information processing in a complex manner. It is currently used to evaluate different neurological diseases. The purpose of this study was to establish PASAT normative data for the healthy Italian population using the standardized methodology of Equivalents Scores. The brief PASAT auditory version included in the Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite was administered to 146 healthy Italian participants, distributed for gender (70 men; 76 women), age (range 18–83) and education (8–19). We found that age and education, but not gender, were significant PASAT score predictors. PASAT normative Italian data may represent a useful application for clinicians and researchers to document mild executive deicits in diferent neurological populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-82
Number of pages18
JournalNeuropsychological Trends
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • attention
  • executive functions
  • normative data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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