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Re: Mathematica for Behavioral Research?

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  • Subject: [mg100217] Re: Mathematica for Behavioral Research?
  • From: "Solomon, Joshua" <J.A.Solomon at>
  • Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 06:49:29 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <gvlhq1$dkh$>

With Andrew B. Watson, I developed a suite of packages for Mathematica.
I still use these packages in my research, but there are some caveats.
The package for stimulus control is Cinematica. I have used version 3.3
almost daily since 1999 and it is extremely robust. However, it only works
with Mathematica v4. No upgrade is likely.
Independent of Cinematica is Quest. This package controls adaptive
psychometric staircases. You can download version 7.0 from the website
or, if you like, I can send you 7.4, which has a few minor improvements.
These versions have been optimised for Mathematica v5. The work perfectly
with Mathematica v4, but have reduced functionality in Mathematica v6 and v7.
Finally, there is Psychophysica, which is independent of Cinematica and Quest.
It has a bunch of useful stuff relating to psychometric functions. The
website has version 3.1, which works with Mathematica v4 and v5, but I
can send you Psychophysica v3.1.12, which works Mathematica v4, v5, v6 and v7.

On 28/05/2009 09:25, in article gvlhq1$dkh$1 at, "Lin Li"
<lli8 at> wrote:

> This is Lin from Kent, OH. I am thinking about how to better use Mathematica
> for behavioral research. To be able to collect millisecond-level empirical
> responses, software packages are needed to create, present and control visual
> or auditory stimuli, some can also combine data analysis.
> As far as I know, "Pscycho" is an open-source package for creating psychology
> stimuli for Python and "Psychophysics Toolbox" is a free set of another
> system's functions for doing visual psychophysic research. I don't know
> whether or not there is a package available for Mathematica. If not, I would
> like to ask someone whether it is difficult to create such a package, which
> can create, control and present visual, auditory or lexical stimuli and
> collect millisecond response data. I guess the professional organizations,
> such as the Psychonomic Society, would always welcome such a contribution.
> Since Mathematica has abilities to combine stimulus creating, experiment
> presenting, data collecting and data analysis altogether and do it from a much
> deeper symbolic level, so a pre-built package would be more powerful and
> flexible than all other software. Can someone advice on how to do it? Many
> Thanks!

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