PsyScope: An interactive graphic system for designing and controlling experiments in the psychology laboratory using Macintosh computers

Jonathan Cohen, Brian MacWhinney, Matthew Flatt, Jefferson Provost

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Abstract

PsyScope is an integrated environment for designing and running psychology experiments on Macintosh computers. The primary goal of PsyScope is to give both psychology students and trained researchers a tool that allows them to design experiments without the need for programming. PsyScope relies on the interactive graphic environment provided by Macintosh computers to accomplish this goal. The standard components of a psychology experiment-groups, blocks, trials, and factors-are all represented graphically, and experiments are constructed by working with these elements in interactive windows and dialogs. In this article, we describe the overall organization of the program, provide an example of how a simple experiment can be constructed within its graphic environment, and discuss some of its technical features (such as its underlying scripting language, timing characteristics, etc.). PsyScope is available for noncommercial purposes free of charge and unsupported to the general research community. Information about how to obtain the program and its documentation is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-271
Number of pages15
JournalBehavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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