Building Computer-Based Experiments in Psychology without Programming Skills

  • Pablo Ruisoto
  • Alberto Bellido
  • Javier Ruiz
  • Juan A. Juanes
Education & Training
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. New Trends in Computer Applications in Health Sciences (TEEM 2015)


Research in Psychology usually requires to build and run experiments. However, although this task has required scripting, recent computer tools based on graphical interfaces offer new opportunities in this field for researchers with non-programming skills. The purpose of this study is to illustrate and provide a comparative overview of two of the main free open source “point and click” software packages for building and running experiments in Psychology: PsychoPy and OpenSesame. Recommendations for their potential use are further discussed.


Graphical interface Experiments 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pablo Ruisoto
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alberto Bellido
    • 2
  • Javier Ruiz
    • 2
  • Juan A. Juanes
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SalamancaVisualMed System Research GroupSalamancaSpain
  2. 2.European University of MadridMadridSpain

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