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Building Experiments in PsychoPy

Building Experiments in PsychoPy

June 2018 | 312 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


Learning objectives per chapter
Test demonstrations and instructions per chapter

This friendly and comprehensive book should be required reading for any student planning a psychology/neuroscience experiment. It provides a friendly introduction for the non-programmer as well as a handy reference guide for the more advanced user. Your students will thank you for recommending it. Make sure that your library has it in stock!




Dr Joseph L Brooks
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Keele University
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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