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Stimulus Presentation

There are a number of software packages available that can be used for presenting stimulus material to participants. A descriptions of common software packages and a link with further information on each software package can be found below. Some packages require licenses which can be acquired via the Tech Support Desk.

E-Prime is a comprehensive software package for behavioural research. E-Prime allows you to construct experiments using a graphical interface. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has access to E-Prime licenses. Installation and licensing of E-Prime depends on the system you are working on.

E-Prime on your office desktop or laptop

  1. Search for and open the ‘Software centre’ Application
  2. Search for E-Prime, select and install the software
  3. If you experience any issues contact the office IT by calling (+31) 030 253 4500

E-Prime on a desktop or laptop in the lab

Contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl) and we will assist you in installing E-Prime 2.0 on your system.

Error, this system is in violation with the license agreement
E-prime requires a connection to the UU network via Ethernet cable or VPN to check your license for using E-prime. Follow the steps below, continuing to each next when E-prime works and contacting us if it doesn’t. Please note the outcome of each step in you e-mail.

  1. Try connecting your laptop to an Ethernet Cable at the Office and start E-prime
  2. Try connecting to the internet using VPN on a wifi connection and start E-prime
  3. If you arrive here, E-prime now works

Runtime error! Unable to obtain a valid refresh rate (Windows 10)

  1. Download the attached experiment (RecalcRefreshRatePro.es2)
  2. Open a new copy of E-Studio 2.0 and load RecalcExperiment.es2
  3. Open a new copy of E-Studio 2.0 and load your experiment. You will now have two E-Studio instances open – one with RecalcExperiment.es2 and one with your experiment.
  4. In your experiment, navigate to the Experiment Object Properties -> Devices -> Display Device and set the “Throw error if invalid refresh rate” property to No.
  5. From RecalcExperiment, drag the InLine RecalculateRefreshRate over to your experiment and ensure it is the first object in SessionProc.
  6. Run your experiment and confirm that no errors occur.
  7. Review your data file and confirm the following: The Display.RefreshRate column has a value > 50 + in the first row of your data file, all values in .OnsetTime columns are greater than the Display.RefreshRate.ValidTime.
Presentation® is a stimulus delivery and experiment control program for neuroscience. It runs on Windows and delivers auditory, visual and multimodal stimuli with millisecond temporal precision. Presentation support registration for almost any behavioral, psychological or physiological experiment using reaction time measures, eye movements, EEG, fMRI, MEG, and more. There’s a Help Guide available which can help you with all your questions regarding Presentation.

Request a Presentation License

Request Presentation License on Device
(only use official UU email addresses)

Unable to submit, please use an UU email address for your request

Unable to submit, it seems that you have a Mac (Apple) device. Unfortunately, Presentation does not work on a Mac (Apple) device. Sorry for the inconvenience.

(Try to find a label with something like "UU012345")
(For instance, "UU012345")
(For instance, "Asus Laptop" or "HP Desktop")
(For instance, G007 or E055)
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More information
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has access to a limited set of single user Presentation licenses. To install presentation on lab computers and laptops contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl).
Inquisit is a software package that can be used to design and administer a range of cognitive, social, neurophysiological, and psychological experiments. Inquisit comes with an extensive library of psychological testing paradigms that can be used or customised for your purpose.

Request an Inquisit account

Request an Inquisit account
(only use official UU email addresses)

Unable to submit, please use an UU email address for your request

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The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has access to Inquisit licences. To install Inquisit and request a license contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl).

OpenSesame is a free, Python-based program that allows users to create experiments using a user-friendly visual interface. OpenSesame works on most platforms and is compatible with a range of experimental hardware (eye-trackers, EEG equipment, etc.). The Tech Support Desk only provides very limited support for OpenSesame. However, the official OpenSesame website provides a range of tutorials and an active support forum.

OpenSesame on your office desktop or laptop

  1. Download OpenSesame from the official website
  2. Install the software by following the instructions
  3. If you get an error during installation, you might not have the rights to install software on your laptop. To address this issue, contact the office IT by calling (+31) 030 253 4500

OpenSesame on a desktop or laptop in the lab

  1. Download OpenSesame from the official website
  2. Install the software by following the instructions
  3. If you get an error during installation, you might not have the rights to install software on your system. Contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl) and we will assist you in installing OpenSesame on your system
MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a numerical computing environment and proprietary programming language developed by Mathworks. In addition to the base software, there is a wide range of toolbox that allow Matlab to be used for different purposes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has access to Matlab licenses. Installation and licensing of Matlab depends on the system you are working on.

Matlab on your office desktop or laptop

  1. Search for and open the ‘Software centre’ Application
  2. Search for Matlab, select and install the software
  3. If you experience any issues contact the office IT by calling (+31) 030 253 4500

Matlab on a desktop or laptop in the lab

Contact the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl) and we will assist you installing Matlab on your system.

Psychophysics Toolbox Version 3 (PTB-3)
The PTB3 toolbox is commonly used to program experiments in Matlab for vision as well as neuroscience research. Instructions on how to install this toolbox can be found on their website.

More information
If you are unsure what software is most suitable for your purpose, you can ask us for advice at the Tech Support Desk or send an email (labs.fsw@uu.nl).