One way of doing behavioural science is using software solutions that provide the researcher with a customisable platform to build personalised experiments. We have created a resource here that lists the most popular and effective experiment builders. Take a browse!
DMDX is a Win 32-based display system used in psychological laboratories around the world to measure reaction times to visual and auditory stimuli. It was programmed by Jonathan Forster at the University of Arizona.
E-Prime® 2.0, E-Prime® is a suite of applications to fulfil all of your computerised experiment needs. Used by more than 5,000 research institutions and laboratories in more than 60 countries, E-Prime® provides a truly easy-to-use environment for computerized experiment design, data collection, and analysis. E-Prime® provides millisecond precision timing to ensure the accuracy of your data. E-Prime’s flexibility to create simple to complex experiments is ideal for both novice and advanced users.
Experigen is an online experiment platform, a framework for creating linguistic experiments.
Experimentator is a library for ‘repeatedly calling a function while systematically varying its inputs and saving the data’. It is best suited for someone with programming experience and some knowledge of the Python ecosystem, who would rather choose the best tool for each aspect of a project than use an all-in-one package.
EyeScript is a toolbox for designing stimulus presentation and experimental control programs. It provides building blocks that can be combined very flexibly provided some basic Python programming skills. EyeScript can be seen as an alternative to programs such as Experiment Builder by SR Research and Presentation by Neurobehavioral Systems.
EyeTrack is open source software for running reading experiments on the EyeLink eyetrackers made by SR Research. It runs under the Windows operating system.
Gorilla is a e-platform for experimental behavioural research. It has a clear and intuitive graphical interface to allow you to build an experiment without code. Accurate reaction times makes in appropriate to use for a wide range of behavioural research and powerful modular structure means it can do randomisation, counterbalancing, branching as well as longitudinal studies. In their words “Studying complex behaviour shouldn’t be complex. Our powerful and easy to use tools allow you to build and share experiments with minimal effort. From simple questionnaires and reaction-time tasks to complex multi-day training studies and randomised controlled trials, we’ve got you covered. Seamlessly integrated with popular recruitment services, you can source a wide and diverse range of participants to complete your study fast.” It’s built by Cauldron Science who collaborate with a lot of researchers to build specialist software for behavioural science. It’s free to sign up and use all the tools, you only pay when you want to collect data.
Habit 2 is a software is designed to provide a platform for researchers to conduct infant looking time experiments (e.g., habituation, visual preference) with visual and auditory stimuli. Researchers can design experiments with still images, movies, sounds, or some combination, as stimuli. The stimuli can be presented on one, two, or three monitors. Stimuli can be presented for a fixed duration or until some criterion is met.
Ibex Farm is a Web-based experimental platform. Ibex is software that allows you to run a number of different types of psycholinguistic paradigms over the internet, including acceptability judgment studies, speeded acceptability studies, self-paced reading studies, and others. We will be using Ibex to set up and run a lexical decision experiment.
Inquest Lab is a precision Computer-based Psychological Testing. Inquest 5 Lab is a powerful tool for designing and administering rich psychological tests and experiments on dedicated computers, whether in the lab, the clinic, or out in the field. Use any of the tests in the Millisecond Test Library, customise them, or program your own.
Labvanced is an online platform for creating, sharing and conducting professional behavioural experiements. You can use their experiment builder to create interative online experiments and questionnaires without any knowledge of coding, but still have a high level of customisation. Additionally, the platform can securely host your experiment and is integrated with some of the most popular participant crowdsourcing platforms. More exciting features for this platform are in development, such as eye tracking via webcam and integrated data analysis software. Labvanced currently offers a free trail version of their platform.
MediaLab v2016 and DirectRT v2016. These two software packages are smart, fast and cost-effective ways to create your own multi-media psychology experiments. From basic surveys to the most complex interactive multimedia experiments. Created specifically for the Windows environment. DirectRT was designed for cognitive and perception tasks that require millisecond precision.
NESU stands for Nijmegen Experiment Set Up. It is a relatively simple-to-use program for designing and running experiments in cognitive psychology, especially in the field of psycholinguistics. The uniqueness of NESU is that it contains a visual, interactive tool (called the TTS) with which the user can design a trial in an experiment. NESU then automatically translates the visual information that the user specified to computer code (a so called EAT file). This means that there is no need for the user to learn complicated programming codes. However, to profit from this advantage, the user needs to understand the operating principle of NESU.
OpenSesame is an open source software to create experiments for psychology, neuroscience, and experimental economics.
Paradigm Experiments Software Create engaging, sophisticated experiments for desktop and mobile-based research.
Presentation® (Neuro-Behavioural Systems) is a stimulus delivery and experiment control software for neuroscience.
Psychopy is an open-source application to allow the presentation of stimuli and collection of data for a wide range of neuroscience, psychology and psychophysics experiments. It’s a free, powerful alternative to Presentation™ or e-Prime™, written in Python (a free alternative to Matlab™).
Psychtoolbox-3 Psychophysics Toolbox Version 3 (PTB-3) is a free set of Matlab and GNU Octave functions for vision and neuroscience research. It makes it easy to synthesise and show accurately controlled visual and auditory stimuli and interact with the observer.
Psycope is a program to design and run psychological experiments, used by many experimental labs. It runs on Apple Macintosh computers. The program and its code are open source and freely available.
PyGaze acts as a wrapper around several existing packages, among which PyGame, PsychoPy, plink (for SR Research EyeLink systems), SensoMotoric Instruments’ iViewX API, and the Tobii SDK. PyGaze offers a platform that is more user-friendly than the currently existing alternatives, when it comes to creating complicated experiments.
SR Research Experiment Builder is a graphical programming environment for creating computer-based psychology and neuroscience experiments under Windows and Mac OS X. It is capable of delivering complex visual and auditory stimuli with extremely high levels of precision. All EyeLink series eye trackers are supported, as well as several button boxes, touchscreens, and more. Python commands can be incorporated into the GUI interface to allow for increased flexibility, and advanced users can program entire experimental procedures using custom Python scripts:
SuperLab 5 is an experiment builder software.