Hayling and Brixton Tests - The Hayling Sentence Completion Test

The Hayling Sentence Completion Test

The Hayling Sentence Completion test is a measure of response initiation and response suppression. It consists of two sets of 15 sentences each having the last word missing. In the first section the examiner reads each sentence aloud and the participant has to simply complete the sentences, yielding a simple measure of response initiation speed.

The second part of the Hayling requires subjects to complete a sentence with a nonsense ending word (and suppress a sensible one), giving measures of response suppression ability and thinking time.

This test is entirely spoken and is thus suitable for people with a wide range of problems such as those involving reading, visual perception or movement.

It takes approximately five minutes to administer yet yields three different measures of executive functioning which can be considered separately or combined into an overall score.

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