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August 2018 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

PsychoPy is an open-source (free) software package for creating rich, dynamic experiments in psychology, neuroscience and linguistics. It provides an intuitive graphical interface (the “Builder”) as well as the option to insert Python code. This combination makes it easy enough for teaching, but also flexible enough for all manner of behavioural experiments. As a result, PsychoPy has become the software package of choice in psychology departments at universities all over the world.

Divided into three parts and with unique learning features to guide readers at whatever level they are at, this textbook is suitable for teaching practical undergraduate classes on research methods, or as a reference text for the professional scientist. 

The book is written by Jonathan Peirce, the original creator of PsychoPy and Michael MacAskill who have utilised their breadth of experience in Python development to educate students and researchers in this intuitive, yet powerful, experiment generation package.


 
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
 
Section 3: For the specialist
 
Chapter 16: Psychophysics, stimuli and staircases
 
Chapter 17: Building an fMRI study
 
Chapter 18: Building an EEG study
 
Chapter 19: Add eye-tracking to your experiment
 
A: Mathematics refresher
 
B: Exercise solutions

This is a great book giving students an easy way to self program experiments. And even for me as a trained user of psychopy it offered some new interesting information. Great book, great program!

Dr Katrin Bittrich
Psychology, Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg
April 16, 2018

It's a great book written in a great cause. In my opinion, students hate generating tasks in complex and unfriendly software packages - and need a great deal of workshop time and support in order to be able to do so. PsychoPy is the easiest package I have come across, and this book is a great - and approachable - introduction. It is the book I would have written if I had known anything about PsychoPy! (And I didn't). But with it, I have taken my own first steps to binning those horrible software packages of yesterday. Valuable for me, invaluable for those students needing to write their own computer tasks, and invaluable (again) for project supervisors with time to save.

Dr James Jackson
Psychology Department, Leeds Trinity University
April 8, 2018
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Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • Co-written by Jonathan Peirce, the original creator of PsychoPy.
  • Jonathan Peirce runs a support section of his website and has PsychoPy tutorials available on YouTube.
  • The final three chapters concentrate on methods in cognitive psychology—an area of psychology where this kind of software is most commonly used.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 6: Providing Feedback: Simple Code Components


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