Comparison of behavioral experiment software

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Behavior experiment software is used in cognitive science, in particular experimental psychology to carry out experiments. Typically, this type of software can at least present stimuli and record data from devices that can measure manual (or other) responses. There is a considerable variety of commercial and open source software available. The journal Behavior Research Methods frequently publishes articles about this type of software, and many of the developers meet at the annual meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology.

These packages below differ in various aspects (as listed in the table below). Some software is proprietary, and some is available as free software. Some packages have a graphical user interface. Some packages have a scripting language, some don't need one. Some offer a software library with functions of interest to experimental psychology for a programming language.

Name Operating System License type GUI Scripting language Library
Cogent for MATLAB [1] Microsoft Windows Free Software No Yes MATLAB
DirectRT [2] Microsoft Windows Proprietary Software Yes Yes No
DMDX [3] and Visual DMDX [4] Microsoft Windows Free Software No Yes No
E-Prime [5] Microsoft Windows Proprietary Software Yes Yes No
EventIDE [6] Microsoft Windows Proprietary Software Yes Yes No
Experimental Run-Time System [7] Microsoft Windows Proprietary Software Unknown Yes No
Expo [8] Mac Unknown Yes Yes No
Expyriment [9] Linux Mac Microsoft Windows Free Software No Yes Python
Inquisit [10] Mac Microsoft Windows Proprietary Software Yes Yes No
jsPsych [11] Web-based Free Software Yes Yes JavaScript
OpenSesame [12] Microsoft Windows Linux Free Software Yes Yes Python
Paradigm [13] Microsoft Windows iOS Proprietary Software Yes Yes Python
PEBL [14] Linux Mac Microsoft Windows Free Software No Yes No
Presentation [15] Microsoft Windows Proprietary Software Yes Yes Python
PsychoPy [16] Linux Mac Microsoft Windows Free Software Yes Yes Python
Psykinematix [17] Mac Proprietary Software Yes No No
PsyScope X [18] Mac Free Software Yes Yes Unknown
PsyToolkit [19] Linux Free Software No Yes C
PsychJava [20] Linux Mac Microsoft Windows Free Software No Yes Java
Psychtoolbox for MATLAB [21] Linux Mac Microsoft Windows Free Software No Yes MATLAB
PyEPL [22] Linux Mac Free Software No Yes Python
SoPHIE [23] Web-based Free Software Yes Yes PHP
SPIC Software [24] Microsoft Windows Free Software Yes Yes No
Superlab [25] Mac Microsoft Windows Proprietary Software Yes Yes No
Tatool [26] Linux Mac Microsoft Windows Free Software Yes Yes Java
Tscope [27] Linux Mac Microsoft Windows Free Software No No C/C++
Vision egg [28] Linux Mac Microsoft Windows Free Software No Yes Python
Visual DMDX [29] is a GUI to DMDX Microsoft Windows Web-based Free Software Yes Yes Open-source software
Webexp2 [30] Web-based Free Software Yes Yes Java
WEXTOR [31] Web-based Free Software Yes N/A HTML
z-Tree [32] Microsoft Windows Proprietary Software Yes Yes Unknown

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