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What behavioral software package do you use?
What operating system do you run your software package on?
How do you use this software package?
What behavioral measures do you record with this software?
What type(s) of hardware do you use to collect input?
How easy is it for you to build an experiment with your software package?
How easy is it for a novice to build an experiment with your software package?
How satisfied are you with your current software package?
Are you sticking with your current software package for the foreseeable future or looking to change setups?
Would you recommend your current software package?
What do you like about your current software package? What are its strengths? What does it do well?
What do you not like about your current software package? What are its weaknesses? What does it not do well (or at all)?
Additional Comments:
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8/7/2014 19:10:37PsyScopeMacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
664Looking to changeNo
Easy to set stuff up. Does most things you'd want it to do.
Days are limited. Skills don't generalize well.
3
8/11/2014 17:34:36E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
615
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
4
8/11/2014 17:41:03OpenSesame (Python)WindowsIn-person experiments
Audio directly to computer
Microphone534
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
-Customizability by adding python scripts to do things that aren't built in.

- Portable and non-proprietary
It's still a bit buggy and crashes more than I'd like. I don't trust it to collect accurate RT data, but it did get all my vocal data accurately.
5
8/11/2014 17:49:30
SR Research: Experiment Builder
WindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Audio directly to computer, eye movements
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone, gamepad
764Looking to changeYes
Best integration with SR Research Eye-trackers
Can be used for non-eye-tracking experiments
Ease of development (visual environment)
no cost above that of the eye-tracker
only available with purchase of eye-tracker
not open source
no integration with non-SR eyetrackers
somewhat limited integration with peripheral devices
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8/11/2014 17:52:01E-PrimeMacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer
Keyboard, Microphone736
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
reliable audio recording of elicited production, customization with easy programing language
Not designed for self-paced reading tasks, I'm tired of putting spaces between words
7
8/11/2014 17:55:39MATLABMacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences), eyegaze
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone, eyelink
736
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
powerful
flexible
easy to use if you can code
online support community
free shared code
requires programming skills
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8/11/2014 17:55:43JavaScript/PHPMacOS
Online or remotely administered experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse423Don't knowYes
Many freely available tools for web programming. Good online tutorials, great support base. Easy to deploy, port to different platforms, and show to people. Goes without saying that it's great for Turk.
You have to hand-tool all experiments and the trial structures are not reusable. In addition, the mechanical Turk integration and condition randomization is a bit rickety. (We don't use psi Turk yet).
9
8/11/2014 17:59:13E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset
Keyboard, Button box, Microphone
323
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
No
I like that I can modify old versions of files to set up new files.
Undergrad have a very hard time learning to use it; so I have to program all the studies myself. If students could do it, it would be much better.
10
8/11/2014 17:59:59PsychoPy (Python)WindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer, eye-tracking
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone, eye-tracking;
644Don't knowYes
open source
visual development or code-based development
easy to extend
can write experiments in python, a general purpose language
eye-tracker integration (via iohub) still somewhat difficult and poorly documented

11
8/11/2014 18:01:23LingerWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Self-paced reading, questionnaires
Keyboard, Microphone775
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
It's simple, and it does what it does very well.
It's a bit limited - except that it's open source Tcl/Tk, and I've been able modify the code to get beyond the limitations.
12
8/11/2014 18:01:58
ExperimentBuilder (by SR Research, Python-based)
WindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Video directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences), eye-movements (but it can also be used for non-eye experiments)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone, eye-tracker
757
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Very flexible, it can do things that other packages cannot.
Cost
13
8/11/2014 18:03:33PsyScopeMacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Button box, Microphone
764Looking to changeNo
easy to use, handles voice onset pretty well
not great support, difficult to get relevant equipment (esp. button boxes), limited compatibility, infrequent updates, seems to be a decreasing user base
14
8/11/2014 18:04:17E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box
545
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
easy to use, enables all features I've needed so far (sometimes with additional scripting), mostly reliable.
for someone who doesn't know how to program at all, modifying the script to include more sophisticated features that require programming can be difficult if not impossible.
Doesn't allow pre-testing/running only a specific part of a script (when programming/debugging).
There is no real technical support from the company.
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8/11/2014 18:04:17Ibex FarmWindows
Online or remotely administered experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Text and audio questionnaires
Keyboard666
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Ibex Farm provides great support for simple on-line (Mechanical Turk) experiments
There are things it won't do, but if you're willing to dig into Javascript and HTML, you can do a lot with it.
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8/11/2014 18:05:30PsychoPy (Python)MacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone
666
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
easy to use for basic stuff, but very flexible if you're willing to do some coding. Cross-platform compatibility. Strong and helpful user base.
No voice-key capability (yet)
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8/11/2014 18:07:18PsychoPy (Python)WindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone
656
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
It's free, and very flexible. A great opportunity for people to practice their python skills (if they don't want to use the GUI interface)
We have had some trouble with sound quality when recording sound. I'm also not as 'trusting' of the RT accuracy with this program as I am with some other programs, just because I don't know this program as well yet. However, I think now it offers a nice testing utility to assess RT accuracy for a given system.
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8/11/2014 18:07:36PsychoPy (Python)WindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, memory priming experiments
Keyboard, Mouse556Don't knowYes
Very easy to embed new Python code, prepare complex experiments. Much cleaner, more intuitive, GUI than e-Prime or Open Sesame
It has some limitations - e.g. no provision for between-subject condition counterbalancing - that could probably be overcome by a good Python programmer.
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8/11/2014 18:07:39E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
662Looking to changeNo
widely used, so often necessary for collaborative projects.
expensive, backwards compatibility issues
20
8/11/2014 18:08:12PresentationWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Button box634
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
High level of control over presentation, very capable.
Requires Windows. Difficult for new lab members to learn.
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8/11/2014 18:09:26EyeTrack (UMass)WindowsIn-person experiments
eyetracking while reading
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
656
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Well adapted to collect eyetracking data while reading (including display change); much easier to program than SR Research Experiment Builder
It doesn't do much of anything except control eyetracking-while-reading experiments.
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8/11/2014 18:11:26
Paradigm (by Perception Research Systems)
WindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone
766
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Nice student pricing available. Very user-friendly for people who are just learning how to set up experiments. Years ago, when it was still in beta, we were excited to discover Paradigm (by Perception Research Systems) because it was one of the few programs that made it easy to record speech. They also have amazing tech support!
As with many programs, the interface is somewhat limited - some things are hard to set up (especially for more complex studies with different trial types). And I think it only works on Windows so far (last I checked).
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8/11/2014 18:13:31E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer
Button box645Don't knowYes
24
8/11/2014 18:14:38JavaScript/PHP
multiple (Win and Mac, when programming)
In-person experiments, Online or remotely administered experiments
Button press/Accuracy, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse646
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
We have some php-based scripts that we use for web-based studies, as well as some java-based scripts that we have used for studies in the lab. (So not really specific software packages). These are very flexible and not platform-specific (ie can be used to run web-based studies on many kinds of systems)
The scripts that our lab uses are not very user-friendly for novices.
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8/11/2014 18:24:25lingerMacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard777
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
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8/11/2014 18:36:47PresentationWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard, Mouse, joystick
646
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
27
8/11/2014 18:48:57
PsychToolbox (MATLAB)
MacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard, Mouse514
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Stimuli presentation, flexibility and control
Learning curve is steep
28
8/11/2014 18:52:01E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Eye tracking
Keyboard, Mouse, Touch screen attachment
361Looking to changeNoNovice friendly.
Proprietary and impossible to hack. Not great security. Inflexible. Creator's primary aim is profit, not science.
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8/11/2014 18:52:29JavaScript/PHPWindows
Online or remotely administered experiments
Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone
315Don't knowNo
By writing code myself, I have a lot of flexibility. Also, I use Google appengine which allows me to split traffic - this is great for assigning participants to forms randomly.
I am not able to collect audio easily.
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8/11/2014 19:21:01E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experimentsReaction TimeKeyboard536
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
31
8/11/2014 19:32:38Umass eyetrackWindowsIn-person experimentsfixation durationeye tracker656
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Umass reading package for an eyetracker is very intuitive compared to Experiment Builder.
Not much
32
8/11/2014 19:45:57PsyScopeMacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard, Button box747
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
It is free, the updates are free and it is a Mac OS X compatible.
It works with Eye Link.
Easy to use
Internet Support
Community based
Button boxes not available
Not compatible with EEG/ERP

Easy to use/a lot of internet support and better than windows-based software. A lot more control, in relation to turning off, background processes.
33
8/11/2014 19:49:04E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Button box523Don't knowYes
It can do what I need it to do, although there's a steep learning curve. It doesn't require much programming skill. In its documentation, PST does a decent job informing people of the issues affecting the accuracy of RTs and how to adjust computer settings to make them as accurate as possible. PST does a good job of informing people of the limitations of the program. They were a little slow on updating e-prime to work accurately on Windows 7, but that's not surprising given that there isn't a huge commercial market for E-prime.

Although some with programming skills simply write programs to present stimuli, I wonder if they've thought about all the issues related to getting accurate RTs (the kinds of issues E-prime discusses in its documentation related to how the computer decides which process to run (such as OS vs. e-prime) at a given moment).
Eprime is not very user friendly if you use it for more complicated stimulus presentation. For my experiments, I had to use fairly convoluted work-arounds to get stimuli to present as desired. When you have to use these work-arounds, you end up having to spend a lot of time double-checking every aspect of presentation of every stimulus, to ensure accuracy of RTs. In this respect, E-prime is weak. PST does a decent job of supporting E-prime, although it can take a few emails back & forth to clarify what needs to be done. Sometimes PST does not take the time to understand what is needed.

If someone does not take the time to really delve into the details of E-prime and to make sure they get all the settings correct, they may not realize their RTs are not very accurate. There's no way to easily verify verify every settings without clicking through everything for each "object".

Nonetheless, if you do put in the effort to ensure that you understand the intricacies and to verify every last detail, E-prime does work for more complicated stimulus presentation paradigms.
34
8/11/2014 19:59:44E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Button box656Looking to changeYes
Easy to learn. Pretty intuitive GUI, but also has code for more advanced functions.
Some aspects are a little non-intuitive, e,g, global variables, randomization.
35
8/11/2014 19:59:54E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
633Looking to changeYes
It's widely used in the field, at least in the US. It's relatively easy to build an experiment once you know the basics.
It delivers horrible error output, very unhelpful. (E-)Basic seems like an outdated language to use for scripting. I don't like that it's closed source. Only works on windows. Expensive.
People make a big deal about timing accuracy, and worry that other software packages (particularly free/open source programs) will not match the performance of e.g. E-Prime. However, from what I understand (e.g., http://hlplab.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/diagnosing-the-linger-usb-keyboard-sampling-error/), most or all programs offer real-time access to the processor and the real bottle-neck to timing is in the device that allows the participant to interface with the computer (serial response box vs. gaming keyboard vs. regular keyboard and monitor settings). I think people need to be made aware of this.
36
8/11/2014 20:00:33
PsychToolbox (MATLAB)
MacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone
524Looking to changeYes
The variety and reliability of functions is nice. Much better documentation than PsychoPy. Wider range of functions than PsyScope. Transparent syntax (MATLAB is not as hard to learn as Presentation, DMDX, etc.).
Reliability of metrics is not as good for recording. Good for psychophysics, e.g. vision experiments. Does not work seamlessly on other computers; OS-specific behavior must be programmed in. Free as in ideas but not free as in money. Octave equivalents are insufficient.
37
8/11/2014 20:06:08OpenSesame (Python)LinuxIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard735Don't knowYes
Functions similarly to e-prime in terms of designing an experiment but has python on the back-end. I believe you can even write an entire experiment in python (if you're into that). It is free, open-source, and runs on a variety of systems. For these reasons, it should be more accessible to new-comers and those without enough funding for more expensive programs like e-prime or presentation.
The community probably needs to put in more effort to the documentation to make it easier for newcomers.
I haven't used it that much, but I would like to run my next set of experiments using open-sesame.
38
8/11/2014 20:06:59ParadigmWindows
In-person experiments, Online or remotely administered experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone, USB gamepad
766
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Very easy GUI, lots of 'built-in' event-types for psycholinguistic research (e.g., self-paced reading), easy Python scripting to go beyond the basic built-in event types, and ability to easily send EEG triggers. Everything is basically drag-and-drop. Service/support is also outstanding.
Sometimes it's a little bit buggy… certain things don't work for no known reason. But an email to the developers usually finds a fix within a day.
39
8/11/2014 20:17:25E-BuilderWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
625
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
SR research offers instructions for using E-builder and DataViewer.
Some experiments are hard to program. It's good for eye-tracking experiments.
40
8/11/2014 20:17:59E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box
435Looking to changeNo
41
8/11/2014 20:18:53
PsychToolbox (MATLAB)
MacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box
556
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
42
8/11/2014 20:21:02JavaScript/PHPLinux
Online or remotely administered experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone
313
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
No
Completely customizable and minimal to implement
Debugging and development time is significant
43
8/11/2014 20:22:18lingerMacOSIn-person experimentsReaction TimeKeyboard644
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
44
8/11/2014 20:32:08PsyScopeMacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Button box, Microphone
514
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
I think that PsyScope is actually fine. Any problems I've had with it were due to my insufficient coding experience.
45
8/11/2014 20:41:03E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Button box312
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
No
Integrates with other hardware needed external triggers (MEG scanner). Guaranteed accuracy for reaction times.
Almost all experiments we've developed have errors as a result of the complexity of executing experiments with it. Pseudo-randomization seems to be rather biased.
46
8/11/2014 20:48:21E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone
522Looking to changeYes
Simple experiments easy.
More complex designs difficult. Want easy support for tablets and phones.
47
8/11/2014 20:51:09E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer
Button box463
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
E-prime has excellent timing resolution. that's the big sell.
the scripting language (which I mostly use now) is inelegant, and the GUI is clunky. not very good design.
48
8/11/2014 20:54:57
PsychToolbox (MATLAB)
MacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard433Looking to changeNo
flexible programming language
on a mac, it's tricky to get the timing to sync correctly. also, it seems like it isn't compatible with the newest generation of macs.
49
8/11/2014 21:02:57JavaScript/PHPLinux
Online or remotely administered experiments
Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse236
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
it's very flexible. you can code your own webpages to do exactly what you like. I.e. modify the experiment while it's running in response to user input, which is something a lot of prepackaged experimental websites do poorly. In fact, the desire to take user input into account while the experiment is running was my main impetus for writing my own script.
there's a learning curve, especially if you don't normally program. I don't have it set up to measure reaction time and I'm wary of other people's attempts to collect reaction time with online data. there are security issues that you need to be aware of.
I use PHP because that's the only language allowed on my institution's server. If I could program in another language like python I would do that instead.
50
8/11/2014 21:36:25E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone
426
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
The package is flexible enough to program new paradigms. It does basic stuff like text presentation and response measurement very well. The interface takes some getting used to, but once you're familiar with it, it works well.
No major weaknesses.
51
8/11/2014 21:41:33E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer
Button box, Microphone
664Looking to changeYes
Interfacing with EEG recording system.
Ability to record vocal responses in separate wav files for each trial
Presence of a voice key if using the SR-box.
Does not deal well with the offsets of sound recordings, they cannot be "buffered" and that creates unstable offset times.
Getting precise timing in general is hard and requires a lot of trouble-shooting if the presentation hardware changes.
52
8/11/2014 21:42:20DMDXWindows
In-person experiments, Online or remotely administered experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Video directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
747
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
flexible; free; just as good as, if not superior to, other software on the market in terms of timing accuracy and precision (see http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0085108); allows for remote testing, even for experiments that require tight control over stimulus display durations (see https://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/ml.8.3.07wit/details); helpful community of users; useful analysis tools are also freely available (e.g., CheckVocal http://users.uoa.gr/~aprotopapas/CV/checkvocal.html; analysis tools in DMDXutils)
can only run experiments on Windows PCs
53
8/11/2014 21:42:30E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer
Keyboard656
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
54
8/11/2014 21:53:22SuperLabMacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset
Keyboard, Microphone665
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Easy to learn. Easy for undergrads to use. Licenses can be "rented out" to students' own laptops for limited periods. It works on MacOS.
It is somewhat labour-intensive to program an experiment on SuperLab as it has to be done trial by trial. It is limited in reading text stimuli from a file. The interface is easy but it is also easy to make errors, e.g., delete a trial by mistake.
55
8/11/2014 21:56:20E-PrimeWindows
In-person experiments, Online or remotely administered experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box
435Don't knowYes
56
8/11/2014 21:59:52E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Audio directly to computer
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone
552Looking to changeNo
The experimental paradigm on e-prime can be easily built.
E-prime is a paid programme and if you don't have USB key and have troubles with ur programme you'll be in trouble.
I keep using e-prime for 10 years so I get used to it. But this only runs in windows. I hope this can run in eprime.
57
8/11/2014 22:03:15E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset
Keyboard, Microphone666
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
58
8/11/2014 22:14:03
PsychToolbox (MATLAB)
MacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences), oral report from perceived stimuli
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone, tablet
616Looking to changeYes
You can program any experiments, no limits.
You are obliged to fully understand what you do when programming the experiment.
Hard to use for students with no or little programming knowledge. No fully compatible across the different operating systems.
59
8/11/2014 22:17:53OpenSesame (Python)LinuxIn-person experimentsReaction TimeKeyboard, Mouse766
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
simple, available for free
has limitations
60
8/11/2014 22:22:57DMDXWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer
Keyboard, Microphone646
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
61
8/11/2014 22:24:27E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
423Looking to changeNosave collected data
hard to do sound timing hard to build in some more complex feedback per block
62
8/11/2014 22:27:41experiment builderWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
636
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
very good support from sr research!!!
timing is good
you can do everything
manual could be more complete for more complex solutions
the support and help is very very good from the support team at sr research.
63
8/11/2014 22:28:20E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Mouse tracking, eye tracking, EEG
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone, eye tracker, EEG
422Looking to changeNo
Once you figure out how to do X, recreating X in another experiment is relatively easy. More so than with many packages, however, a first-year grad student can figure out how to 90% of what she needs to do without a lot of supervision.
However, the visual interface is not intuitive, and visual basic is a pain in the keister. Also, doing more complex things (eye tracking, EEG, mouse tracking) are not at all easy -- at least as hard as in MATLAB or PsychoPy. AND IT IS RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE. There was a point when E' was for many of us the only game in town, and it seems the pricing reflected that they understood that. For something funded largely on the govt dime, it really should be more accessible.
64
8/11/2014 22:31:03
ExperimentBuilder (SR Research, developed for use with their eye trackers))
WindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences), eye tracking
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone, eye tracker
435Looking to changeYes
High confidence in timing and integration with eye tracker. Much more powerful.
Pretty hard to learn. About as intuitive as E-Prime. Better in some mostly minor ways. Wish it ran on Mac.
65
8/11/2014 22:40:10E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box
324Looking to changeYes
66
8/11/2014 22:42:02Experiment BuilderWindowsIn-person experimentseye-movements
Keyboard, Mouse, eye-tracker
746
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Integrates seamlessly with the eyelink eye-trackers. High level of support from the company, with an active online forum and email and phone support. Highly flexible experiment design, and has intuitive object-oriented interface. Can be used for strictly behavioral experiments as well, if need be. There are also many example experiments that can be modified for many common experimental paradigms.
Using video stimuli can be somewhat difficult, although not impossible.
67
8/11/2014 22:48:55JavaScript/PHPWindows
In-person experiments, Online or remotely administered experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Video directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
633
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Note that comments refer to my department, not me personally. Sadly, I don't prepare or run experiments myself.
Antje Meyer
68
8/11/2014 23:26:57E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Button box, Microphone
323Don't knowYes
More difficult to program than PsyScope - I wish they had continued PsyScope.
69
8/11/2014 23:27:36LingerLinuxIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard775Looking to changeYes
It is easy to use, it records reaction times with good precision.
The only disadvantage is that experiments cannot be carried out online.
70
8/11/2014 23:30:38experigenruns on web server
In-person experiments, Online or remotely administered experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Mouse655
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
It enables you to collect the data online.
It takes considerable time to change the design of an experiment if the built-in designs do not suit you (if you are unfamiliar with Javascript. If you are, it should be easy).
71
8/11/2014 23:33:24E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
532
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
No
Flexible and adaptable and relatively easy to use
Requires very old version of windows, incompatible with mac. Both restrictions are an enormous pain
72
8/11/2014 23:38:42PsyscriptMacOS
In-person experiments, Online or remotely administered experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
433
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
It is free and robust and very easy to install.
Script based interface means it is intimidating for students to use.
Only works on mac (though this is changing). Documentation is minimal
73
8/11/2014 23:56:39PresentationWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box
535Don't knowYes
74
8/11/2014 23:59:12PresentationWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, eye movements
Keyboard, Mouse526Don't knowYes
75
8/12/2014 0:01:10LingerMacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer
Keyboard, Mouse, Microphone
526Don't knowYes
76
8/12/2014 0:03:48E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Eye movements
Keyboard, Mouse435
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yesdrag and drop
the scripting is more difficult
77
8/12/2014 0:13:33E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard, Gamepad655Looking to changeYes
78
8/12/2014 0:15:05PresentationWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
534Don't knowYes
Framework offers functions for most experimental needs. Once experiment is created, using the GUI is pretty understandable also to the unexperienced experimenter. In-depth information on temporal accuracy of presenting stimuli and recording responses is available.
Clunky and inelegant programming language. Proprietary Software. Restrictive licensing required for both developing and administering experiments. Poor support of media files (e.g. no transparencies in images, very specific with video files). Ugly font rendering.
79
8/12/2014 0:17:47PresentationWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer
Mouse, Button box, Microphone
644
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
80
8/12/2014 0:23:09E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard, Mouse553Looking to changeNo
81
8/12/2014 0:51:22SuperLabMacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences), Ratings
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
656
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Ease of programmability means easy training - students learn v quickly

Generous licensing terms with licence manager - I can lease a license to a student computer for a set time (e.g., 6 months) and then it automatically reverts to me.

No annoying dongle needed (unlike e-prime).

Can share experiment files between Mac and Windows.

Excellent support from developers in online forum - they will even fix experiment files if you get stuck.
Simultaneous presentation of different stimuli is tricky, not always possible.

If-then programming can be complicated.
82
8/12/2014 0:52:26PresentationWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset
Keyboard, Microphone626
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
No
83
8/12/2014 0:55:01PsyScopeMacOSIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset
Keyboard, Microphone636Looking to changeYes
good for reading time experiments
no interface for eyelink
84
8/12/2014 1:02:39E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset
Keyboard, Button box, Microphone
746
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Easy to build experiments, easy to teach students to use.
Expensive, licensing.
85
8/12/2014 1:03:24
PsychToolbox (MATLAB)
LinuxIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard515
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Precise control over presentation, flexible.
Expensive, licensing.
86
8/12/2014 1:07:02PsychoPy (Python)
Both Windows and Linux
In-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Video directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
636
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Flexibility! I can do everything that I want to. Once built, it is easy to re-use modules and scripts.
Some may see it as a weakness that novices must learn how to program to use it, but that is also a strength. Novices (researchers-in-training) need to learn how to program eventually anyway, and it is good that they get this hurdle sooner rather than later.
87
8/12/2014 1:09:21DMDXWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Button box, Microphone
214
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
88
8/12/2014 1:28:03DMDXWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Audio directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Button box, Microphone
646
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
I know that we have very precise millisecond timing for our masked priming experiments. We've had untold troubles with other packages that we've tried (e.g. eprime) when using data-limited presentation protocols.
It is fussy about the exact components used to build a computer (e.g. type of graphics card, etc)
89
8/12/2014 1:32:03DMDXWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Speech Onset
Microphone556Looking to changeYes
Scripts can be shared and "recycled" easily.

You can easily use an orginal Excel file to build your script and go back to your Excel file when looking at your results.

It´s free and the installation is fast.
Fitting the screen resolution can be annoying when you install DMDX on a new computer.

You cannot use it with EEG.
90
8/12/2014 1:32:21OpenSesame (Python)WindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset
Keyboard, Mouse646
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
In active development, responsive team, free, easy to use, cross-platform.
Not fully developed yet, not as easy on linux, no (easy) web implementation
91
8/12/2014 1:32:56
PsychToolbox (MATLAB)
LinuxIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Button box327
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Very fine control of timing, both in the presentation of the stimuli and in the colle tino of RT.
Not that easy to program, especially for a novice. Often one needs assistance from specialised personnel.
92
8/12/2014 1:33:02E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset
Keyboard, Microphone646
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
It's more user-friendly than other systems I have used (DMDX or Matlab).
The button box (which is usually more reliable than the keyboard) works only with older computers (because of the port). Well, at least it was like this last time I tried to use it, maybe they have solved the problem since then.
93
8/12/2014 1:34:16Experiment BuilderWindowsIn-person experimentseye movementseye tracker656
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
easy to program
allows python scripts
94
8/12/2014 1:35:58E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
767
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
very easy to set up experiment
millisecond accuracy
voice trigger
95
8/12/2014 1:47:36
PsychToolbox (MATLAB)
MacOSIn-person experimentsEye-gazeEye-tracker314Don't knowYes
96
8/12/2014 1:48:09E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, ERP, Eyetracking
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box
525Don't knowYes
It is relatively straightforward once you learnt to use it and it is easy to just adapt old scripts for a new experiment. For relatively simple reaction time studies it is very good.
not always as flexible as one would wish, using eprime for eyetracking or ERP is complicated.
97
8/12/2014 1:51:35OpenSesame (Python)LinuxIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy, Speech Onset, Audio directly to computer, Video directly to computer, Text-string responses (e.g. typed sentences)
Keyboard, Mouse, Button box, Microphone
766
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
Very user-friendly! Open source, no expensive licenses.
As the software is open source, there is nobody directly responsible for fixing immediate issues. However, the support forum makes up for a lot.
98
8/12/2014 1:54:55PresentationWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard, Button box747
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
99
8/12/2014 2:04:14DMDXWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard635Looking to changeNo
has to be adjusted for each individual computer
100
8/12/2014 2:14:52E-PrimeWindowsIn-person experiments
Reaction Time, Button press/Accuracy
Keyboard765
Sticking with current software for foreseeable future
Yes
very easy to build experiments, versatility (visual, auditory exps), compatible with neuroimaging software (fMRI), excellent support group
sometimes it's "moody", it behaves idiosyncratically, that is, you have no idea why your experiment cannot run since you did everything according to the book..:)
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