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Building Experiments in PsychoPy
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Building Experiments in PsychoPy



June 2018 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Increasingly open-source, non-profit software tools, written by scientists themselves, have become increasingly popular tools in Psychology, in particular, Python (a free programming language) and PsychoPy (“Psychology software in Python”).

PsychoPy facilitates programming by providing useful tools, but it also provides a graphical interface for those that aren’t comfortable with programming and prefer to build their experiments graphically. PsychoPy provides a graphical “Builder” interface in which users can combine components of an experiment in a visual interface.

This textbook provides a detailed guide on how to use PsychoPy, supporting the learning of undergraduates, postgraduates and research professionals. This guide will explain the basics of the software whilst introducing a range of simple experiments, suitable for undergraduate teaching, and descriptions of exemplary studies in the field.

No title yet exists that covers the use of PsychoPy with relevant examples and content from Psychology, Neuroscience, or Linguistics. Written by Jonathan Peirce, the original creator of PsychoPy and Michael MacAskill, these authors utilise their breadth of experience in Python development to educate students and researchers in this software.

 
Chapter 1: Introduction
 
Section 1: For the beginner
 
Chapter 2: Building your first experiment
 
Chapter 3: Using images - a study into face perception
 
Chapter 4: Timing and brief stimuli: Posner cueing
 
Chapter 5: Creating dynamic stimuli (revealing text and moving stimuli)
 
Chapter 6: Providing feedback: simple Code Components
 
Chapter 7: Ratings: Measure the Big 5 personality constructs
 
Chapter 8: Randomization, blocks and counterbalancing: a bilingual
 
Chapter 9: Using the mouse for input: creating a visual search task li
 
Section 2: For the professional
 
Chapter 10: Implementing research designs with randomization
 
Chapter 11: Coordinates and color spaces
 
Chapter 12: Understanding your computer timing issues
 
Chapter 13: Monitors and Monitor Center
 
Chapter 14: Debugging Your Experiment
 
Chapter 15: Pro-tips, tricks, and lesser-known features
 
Chapter 16: Psychophysics, stimuli and staircases
 
Chapter 17: Building an fMRI study (FFA/PPA localizer)
 
Chapter 18: Building an EEG study (Measure a Visual ERP)
 
Chapter 19: Add eye-tracking to your experiment
 
A: Mathematics refresher
 
B: Exercise solutions

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Learning objectives per chapter
Test demonstrations and instructions per chapter
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • Written by Jonathan Peirce, the original creator of PsychoPy.
  • The author runs a support section of his website and has PsychoPy tutorials available on YouTube.
  • Final three chapters concentrate on methods in cognitive psychologyan area of psychology where this kind of software is most commonly used.

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