TOOLS AND SOFTWARE
This is a collection of stuff that we use or we have found useful over the years. In no particular order....
(please note that you will probably need to seek permission to use these resources)
The AVA - Promoting Vision Research and its Applications
Includes information on, grant reviewing and writing, Software for visual psychophysics: an overview and other stuff too.
Stimulus Generators and software
Face generator: You are free (see web site) to download the demo version and then generate faces to suit. They come out with a little water mark when generated (they also have no hair).
Bodies: Two generators used by professionals and amateur animators alike.
Experiment generators and on-line particpant recruitment (crowd sourcing) sites.
PsyscopeX The classic experiment generator for the mac (updated and improved). It is a work in progress but it has been around for a while. It is easy to use and reasonably reliable. It’s also free.
PsychoPy concieved, built and designed by Dr Jon Pearce (University of Nottingham) as a free (open source) alternative to other ([insert brand name here]) experimental generators. This is a python programming language based experimental generator that works across all platforms.
It's an ongoing project and any bugs typically infrequent, often minor, and usually fixed by Jon and others, fairly quickly. Best of all it's free, and it has a nice and fairly intuitive GUI if you don't like programming but you can get under the hood and get it to do pretty much anything you want. It’s also very easy to generate simple experiments e(including psychophysical types) using lists without any programming experience
Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) - This may appeal to some of you as research tool (it’s actually for crowd sourcing for research).
ProlificAcademic Pure crowd sourcing – UK based (I think) but with worldwide reach. They have an ethical pay rate (minimum wage).
Opesesame - More open source freeware that can be used to program experiments. It's python based and it is backended by PsychoPy. Mostly very easy to use and it has more colourful GUI than PsychoPy. Being open sourced and python based you can either use the GUI or get under the hood and code. It's also multi-platform.
Vision-egg - This is another s an Open GL hig level Python platform experimental generator for visual science experiments (largely). If you use this software please cite Straw, Andrew D. (2008) Vision Egg: An Open-Source Library for Realtime Visual Stimulus Generation. Frontiers in Neuroinformatics. doi: 10.3389/neuro.11.004.2008
Speech/sound analysis software:
Praat: Free (open GL) speech analysis software for acoustic analysis (by Paul Boersma, University of Amsterdam). It's also multi-platform.
Audacity ® is open source (cross-platform) software for recording and editing sounds. It’s free and very easy to use.
Pasrelmouth Praat Scripts in Python - This is a citable Python Jupyter Notebook to Measure Voice Pitch and HNR. you will need to make sure you have all teh libraries installed when you run it. Curtosey of David Fiendberg, via the OSF
Face Morphing software
Psychomorph - The best and it’s free though it is a bit tricky to get started with:
FantaMorph - (not free) but pretty reliable and easy enough to use.
SqirlzMorph - Also free but has less control. It's fun though
The Computer Expression Recognition Toolbox (CERT) – Emotion recognition software from the University of California, Sandiago (Littlewort, Wu, Whitehill, Fasel, Movellan, Bartlett). Actually there is tons of stuff for human machine interaction to be found here.
Oxford MRC linguistic database.
University of York: Department of langue and linguistic science: Corpora and databases.
Psycholinguistics data bases:
Experimental Linguists : Database for Psycholinguistics, words lists etc
If like me your reference manager does manage dois or (also like me) you are a bit half-hearted when collecting references and don’t have the dois try this free service:
Once registered all you need do is just import, copy/paste or type in your reference and then return it and your dois will be given to you…. If they are available.
From Rstudio - Rmarkdown for fully reproducible documents. Rmarkdown allows you to integrate your raw data, your analysis scripts, , the results of your analyses, and a narrative text, all together in one file.
StatCheck : Wanna check for errors in your reported statistics? A free online tool for just that job.
Other stuff not elsewhere specified: