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MCCB

Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia (MATRICS) Consensus Cognitive Battery

Keith H. Nuechterlein, PhD, and Michael F. Green, PhD

Purpose:
Measures cognition in individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and related disorders
Format:
Paper and pencil, Software
Age range:
20 years to 59 years
Time:
60-90 minutes
Qualification level:
C
C
All qualifications for Level B plus an advanced professional degree that provides appropriate training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Measure cognition in individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and related disorders using tests selected by experts. The MCCB was developed to aid research toward creating medication effective for improving cognition in individuals with schizophrenia.

Features and benefits

  • A standardized battery. Consists of 10 individually administered tests that measure cognitive performance in seven domains: speed of processing, attention/vigilance, working memory, verbal learning, visual learning, reasoning and problem solving, and social cognition.
  • Backed by the NIH, NIMH, FDA, and field experts. The MCCB is the result of a unique broad-based consensus process that included the academic community, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Suitable for multiple purposes. Intended to provide a relatively brief evaluation of key cognitive domains that are relevant to schizophrenia and related disorders, the battery is appropriate for use as an outcome measure for clinical trials of cognition-enhancing drugs, when studying cognitive remediation, to measure cognitive change, and as a cognitive reference point for nonintervention studies of schizophrenia and other severe psychiatric disorders.

Test structure

  • Each of the 10 tests in the MCCB should be individually administered. Testing can usually be completed in one 1- to 1½-hour session.
  • The MCCB Administrator’s Form is used to record results for one respondent. For two tests, a separate booklet or form is attached to the MCCB Administrator’s Form. For three tests, the respondent marks in the MCCB Respondent’s Booklet. For one test, the responses are made using a computer program.
  • The MCCB Kit includes materials for 25 administrations of the entire battery. The MCCB Retest Packet includes the materials needed for 25 additional administrations. Alternate forms are also available.
  • Includes revised software and the third edition manual.

Technical information

Normative data for the battery allow for multiple demographic corrections. Both T scores and percentiles are available. As a standardized battery with conorming of 10 component tests, the MCCB exhibits high test-retest reliability and has high utility as a repeated measure. The MCCB has a demonstrated relationship to functional outcome and high tolerability by respondents.

Available in other languages

  • The MCCB Kit has been translated into Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish for Spain, and Spanish for Central and South American. This product uses English norms only. 
  • The MCCB is also available in Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Croatian, Dutch, English for Malaysia, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Tamil, Telugu, and Ukrainian. Call 1.800.331.8378 for more information.

Revised software and manual included in kit

The MCCB Scoring Program allows entry of primary raw scores and provides the corresponding T scores and percentiles and a graphic profile of the T scores for each of the seven cognitive domains. The scoring program also enables you to enter data into statistical programs for group analyses.

Recent updates to MCCB software (which includes the MCCB Scoring Program, MSCEIT Branch 4 Scoring Program, and CPT-IP program, include:

  • Expanded functionality.
  • The option of using normative data from countries and regions outside the United States. 

Updates to the MSCEIT Branch 4 Scoring Program include the development of an international version, so users can generate standard scores for the MSCEIT based on North American norms or international norms. New security features have also been added. For details, please see the "MCCB Update Information" file on the Resources tab.

Updates to the CPT-IP program allow onscreen instructions in more than 20 languages, so a respondent can view them in his or her native language before beginning the test.

The new MCCB Manual, Third Edition with Supplement, is included in the MCCB Kit.