The complex span tasks provided on this website have been designed to measure individual differences on the latent construct of working memory capacity. See our Publications to learn more about the nature of working memory capacity.

It is important to use multiple tasks whenever measuring a psychological construct. Therefore, on this website we provide multiple types of complex span tasks to allow you to measure working memory capacity at the latent construct level.

Please Note:

To access these files, a password is required.

To obtain a password, please send an email including your name, affiliation and the specific file you would like (e.g., Standard Operation Span 2.0.10) to:

englelabtaskmanager@gmail.com.

Please allow about one week for a response.


Graduate students in the lab volunteer their time to provide free passwords and support for the tasks. As such, we can give some basic support but please read the FAQ first, and consider contacting your IT department or PST for issues you may have. All we ask in return is to please cite a couple articles listed below.


These tasks require E-Prime software to use. Our lab is in no way affiliated with E-Prime or the company behind it, Psychological Software Tools Inc. (PST). Find out more about E-Prime at their website.


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Citations

If you are using the Foster et al. (2015) shortened versions cite the following article in your references:

If you are using the Oswald et al. (2015) shortened versions cite the following article in your references:

Oswald, F. O., McAbee, S. T., Redick, T. S., & Hambrick, D. Z. (2015)

The development of a short domain-general measure of working memory capacity. Behavior Research Methods.

If you use any of the other automated span tasks in your published research, we request that you cite this article in your references:


If you have any questions about how the tasks are scored see:

To help decide which task might be appropriate for your sample, see:

If you have any questions about the reliability or validity of any of the automated tasks, we request that you cite this article in your references:

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