The Experimaker open beta launched 2 weeks ago, and today we’re pushing out its very first update. Ready-made templates are a key feature of the platform, and we’ve added a few new ones. There are now 4 experiment templates to check out, including the classic Lexical Decision Task and Stroop Test. We’ll be adding more on a regular basis. All of the templates can be modified to suit your needs.
We’ve redone the editor front page so that the list of public templates is loaded first. Previously, we dropped users straight into a new experiment. This can be intimidating if you’re not sure what to create! Now, you can first load a template, play around with it, and get a feel for how Experimaker works, and what can be modified.
We’ve also polished the block options tab and participant view mode. These should now work smoothly.
Lexical Decision Task
In this version of the classic Lexical Decision Task, participants must classify visual stimuli as either valid English words, or as nonwords.
In this version of the Stroop Task, participants are shown the words RED and GREEN, colored in either red or green type. Participants must click the button that corresponds to the color of the word – not the lexical meaning.
Abridged BESST Validation Task
In this abridged version of a contemporary experiment, participants must decide which emotion word best described the person in the image – are they angry or sad?!
These stimuli are from the open stimulus set BESST (Bochum Emotional Stimulus Set). The template is adapted from the validation task described in the journal article BESST (Bochum Emotional Stimulus Set)—A pilot validation study of a stimulus set containing emotional bodies and faces from frontal and averted views. Please cite this article if you use either the stimuli or methodology in your own research!
Open Stimulus Set Layout
The final template is more of a layout example than a full experiment. It uses pictures from the open stimulus set described in the article A stimulus set of words and pictures matched for visual and semantic similarity. These images were used to illustrate layout functionality in our layout tutorial. Please cite this article if you use the stimuli in your own research!