PsychoPy: free, flexible software for stimulus generation

Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Tuesday 15th October 2013 (16:00-17:00)
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For more information please contact Contact: Dr Ulrik Beierholm (

Part of the School Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr Jonathan Peirce

Host: Dr Max Di Luca, CNCR

PsychoPy is a free, open-source software package for stimulus presentation. It allows a very wide range of stimuli to be presented in a dynamic and flexible way. It also provides a choice of interfaces, from the graphical Builder environment (like a more powerful version of e-Prime) or the Coder interface (like a Python equivalent to PsychophysicsToolbox). There are also several half-way houses, allowing you to combine pieces of code with our graphically-created experiments. This variety of interfaces and large range of stimuli mean that PsychoPy can be used for everything from teaching undergraduates to psychophysics to neuroimaging. In this seminar I'll introduce the concepts of PsychoPy and generate an experiment or two to show the common use cases.