Psychological research is based in large parts on response latencies, which are often registered by keypresses on a standard computer keyboard. Recording response latencies with a standard keyboard is problematic because keypresses are buffered within the keyboard hardware before they are signaled to the computer, adding error variance to the recorded latencies. This can be circumvented by using external response pads connected to the computer’s parallel port. In this article, we describe how to build inexpensive, reliable, and easy-to-use response pads with six keys from two standard computer mice that can be connected to the PC’s parallel port. We also address the problem of recording data from the parallel port with different software packages under Microsoft’s Windows XP.
Behavior Research Method Input Mode Timing Accuracy Response Device Parallel Port
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