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Re: Perceptual experiments

Allthough I couldn't agree more with Pablo about learning an (object oriented) programming language, such as c++, there is an alternative that might by useful, namely E-prime
It can be used to collect all kinds of psychofysical data with the help of a computer and the programming is done in an environment similar to Visual Basic, which might be less intimidating than starting from scratch with c++.

Anders Genell
Doctoral student
Chalmers Room Acoustics Group
Division of Applied Acoustics
Chalmers University of Technology
S-412 96 Göteborg

On Wed, 01 Feb 2006 13:00:04 +0100, Pablo Faundez Hoffmann <pfh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hej Tarun,

I found myself with the same question at the beginning of my PhD two years ago. I don't have experience with any special software for perceptual experiments. Well, since you mentioned you are completely new to this I assume you are at the starting point of your research, so, I would strongly recommend you to learn a programming language (if you don't know one already) and program your experiments yourself. I know it might look scaring at the beginning but certainly pays off. The main advantage I see, is that there are no black boxes in your experiment chain, you can have complete control over it and adjust everything as you wish. If you focus on learning object-oriented programming you will realize that you can easily reuse code for further experiments without spending so much time.


Pablo Faundez Hoffmann Ph.D. Student Department of Acoustics Aalborg University Frederik Bajers Vej 7 B5 DK-9220 Aalborg Denmark

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On Jan 31, 2006, at 2:24 PM, Tarun Pruthi wrote:

Hi all,

I plan to do some perceptual experiments during the course of my research here. Since, I am completely new to this, I wanted to know if there are any softwares that help in doing perceptual experiments (organising stimuli, collecting results, designing questionairre, making the interface etc)?

Thanks and Regards

Tarun Pruthi
Graduate Research Assistant, ECE
Room 3180, A V Williams Building
University of Maryland, College Park
MD 20742 USA
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