The stroop color and word test

Federica Scarpina, Sofia Tagini

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The Stroop Color and Word Test (SCWT) is a neuropsychological test extensively used to assess the ability to inhibit cognitive interference that occurs when the processing of a specific stimulus feature impedes the simultaneous processing of a second stimulus attribute, well-known as the Stroop Effect. The aim of the present work is to verify the theoretical adequacy of the various scoring methods used to measure the Stroop effect. We present a systematic review of studies that have provided normative data for the SCWT. We referred to both electronic databases (i.e., PubMed, Scopus, Google Scholar) and citations. Our findings show that while several scoring methods have been reported in literature, none of the reviewed methods enables us to fully assess the Stroop effect. Furthermore, we discuss several normative scoring methods from the Italian panorama as reported in literature. We claim for an alternative scoring method which takes into consideration both speed and accuracy of the response. Finally, we underline the importance of assessing the performance in all Stroop Test conditions (word reading, color naming, named color-word).

Original languageEnglish
Article number557
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberAPR
Publication statusPublished - Apr 12 2017


  • Executive functions
  • Inhibition
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Stroop color and word test
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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