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Experimentation I: Programming Psychological Experiments


Admission requirements

Research master students


In this course, students receive an introduction into the use of programming languages and standard packages for the programming of psychological experiments and surveys. They will be taught how to use, interpret and modify existing programs, with an emphasis on programs developed in applied research settings.

Students make a choice out of two combinations of:

  • E-Prime + Visual Basic

  • E-prime + Authorware
    Note that Cognitive Psychology students are strongly advised to take Visual Basic.

Course objectives

Students acquire basic skills in modifying existing programs for running psychological experiments, using two standard packages from a set of three:

  • Visual Basic

  • E-prime

  • Authorware.


Experimentation I: Programming Psychological Experiments (2010-2011):

Mode of instruction

Lectures, student assignments, practical exercises

Assessment method

Program, written exam

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


Information on

Reading list

  • Syllabus

  • Lecture notes

  • Material Visual Basic: “Visual Basic 2005 Express: Now Playing“ by Wallace Wang. Publisher: No Starch Press. ISBN 1593270593


Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place in August 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place in January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

Dr. I. Christoffels
Room 2B16
Phone 071-5275689