On this Python based platform we build our experimental stimuli. Developed by vision scientists, it provides the user with a friendly interface and a rich GUI. It allows even beginners to build a quite complex experiment in a intuitive way. By adding custom code you will be able to use all the powers of Python.
Psychopy Official Page
Palamedes is a Matlab toolbox for psychophysics. It provides us with various function fits and model comparisons specifically designed for psychophysical experiments.
Also, the book by N. Prins, the creator of Palamedes_toolbox, is a valid introduction to the psychophysics research in general. Highly recommended for beginners and experienced alike.
Palamedes Official Page
Kingdom, Prins - Psychophysics (2009)
OpenSesame is a versatile python-based platform for psychological experiments, offering a variety of stimulations and response collections, built-in plugins to interface with eye trackers, serial and parallel ports, EEG systems and other. Fully open source and with the option to integrate inline python code, it is developed by a strong community so that you can be sure that the code/plugin/answer you are looking for is already out there in the forum. You cannot ask OpenSesame perfect control over visual stimuli, as you can, for example, in Psychopy, yet it allows for conditional ramifications of the experiments (“if subject presses this key, then run this routine, otherwise…”), which are not readily accessible in Psychopy.
OpenSesame Official Page
We do our data analyses on Matlab. The variety of packages and the accessible language make Matlab a precious tool for thousands of scientists around the world.
Matlab Official Page
Arduino is the combination of a simple and compatible hardware, a rich software environment and a huge users community, all open source. Arduino boards are microcontrollers running 5 volt input/output channels, both digital and analog, that communicate with your computer through a USB port. You can pin to Arduino any type of sensor as input and motor, led, relay module, or digital information as output.
We use it to activate vibromotors for our somatosensory experiments, and we verified that they don’t interfere in EEG recordings.
Arduino Official Page
EyeLink technology allows us to track eye movements through infrared rays which capture location and size of the pupil and automatically translates it coordinates on the screen. In addition to the camera, EyeLink comes together with a tailored experiment builder which includes a set of functions to recognize automatically and in real time saccades from fixations in specific areas of interest on the screen. This is very useful to log only relevant information from the huge amount of raw data that the camera collects at every frame (in our model, 2000 Hz). Finally, a data viewer software allows us to analyze logged data according to predefined functions. EyeLink provides excellent costumers service which includes tutorials, sample experiments, and assistance in designing and debugging.
Eyelink Official Page
On FieldTrip we run our physiological analyses. It is the best friend of any scientist working with EEG and MEG.
FieldTrip Official Page
Circular Statistics toolbox for Matlab allows us to discovery a number of correlations between linear and circular variables. Quite important operations when you deal with oscillations...
Circular Statistics Toolbox
Time precision in PsychoPy
One issue we had to solve when running our experiments in PsychoPy is audio-video synchronization. In fact, while the video stimuli are highly precise, we verified that the audio stimulations are inaccurate.
We wrote this short guideline to overcome the problem and obtain a decent audio-video synchronization (+- 15 ms precision).
For other issues you can visit the Psychopy google group.