Building Experiments in PsychoPy
- Jonathan Peirce - The University of Nottingham, UK
- Rebecca Hirst
- Michael MacAskill - The University of Otago, New Zealand Aotearoa
Experimental Psychology | Research Methods & Evaluation (General) | Research Methods in Psychology
PsychoPy is an open-source software package for creating rich, dynamic experiments in psychology, neuroscience and linguistics. Written by its creator, this book walks you through the steps of building experiments in PsychoPy, from using images to discovering lesser-known features, and from analysing data to debugging your experiment.
Divided into three parts and with unique extension exercises to guide you at whatever level you are at, this textbook is the perfect tool for teaching practical undergraduate classes on research methods, as well as acting as a comprehensive reference text for the professional scientist.
Essential reading for anyone using PsychoPy software, the second edition has been fully updated and includes multiple new chapters about features included in recent versions of PsychoPy, including running studies online and collecting survey data.
Part I teaches you all the basic skills you need (and some more advanced tips along the way) to design experiments in behavioral sciences. Each chapter introduces anew concept but will offer a series of working experiments that you can build on.
Part II presents more details important for professional scientists intending to use PsychoPy for published research. This part is recommended reading for science professionals in any discipline.
Part III covers a range of specialist topics, such as those doing fMRI research, or those studying visual perception.
“This book fills an incredibly important gap in the field. Many users of PsychoPy will be excited to learn that there is now a highly accessible and well-designed written guide to refine their skills.” – Susanne Quadflieg, University of Bristol
The 2020 pandemic has forced a lot of researchers to move their physical lab experiments online. If you are already doing this, or thinking about it, the second edition of "Building Experiments in PsychoPy" is a must have. The new edition offers sage advice on online data collection and provides a walkthrough on how to use some of its new components (e.g., creating surveys via Forms. ).
In ye olden days when I was a student, we had to script our experiments, which was tedious and error-prone, or use proprietary software, which was expensive and inflexible. This is why I love PsychoPy Builder, and Building Experiments in PsychoPy is a great resource for today‘s budding experimenters.