What are the advantages of using PsychoPy for making an experiment (beyond the fact that it is free and open source)? I do not use psychophysics stimuli (no Gabor for instance); my stimuli are static images or text. Compared to E-Prime for example, how easy is it to set up a basic RT experiment?


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I highly recommend PsychoPy over E-prime. Why?

  • Keeping track of who has the e-prime dongle is annoying.
  • Students learn it more easily (see data below).
  • E-prime uses visual basic (boo) and PsychoPy uses Python (yay!).
  • PsychoPy easily integrates with R, matlab, and HTML.
  • Everyone is doing it... (see data).

Some folks at UCSD did a survey in summer/fall 2014 asking researchers for their opinions. Here is a summary of the findings.

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    $\begingroup$ +1: I had forgotten about the dongle, but this is indeed a big problem. My students keep loosing them once in a while. $\endgroup$ Feb 1, 2017 at 13:19

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