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Experimentation I: Programming Psychological Experiments


Entry requirements

Open to MSc Psychology (research) students


In this course, students get an introduction into the use of programming languages and standard packages for the programming of psychological experiments (using E-Prime and its programming language E-Basic) and surveys (using Qualtrics).

Course objectives

  • To understand how to use the E-Prime user interface to program a simple psychological experiment and to have acquired skills to program a psychological experiment yourself;

  • Know the elementary commands and statements used in the programming language E-Basic and to understand how you can apply them in programming experiments; and

  • To acquire skills to use Qualtrics for designing web surveys.


For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in:
Psychology timetables



Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions.
Master’s course registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.
Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

10 2-hour lectures and 10 2-hour practical sessions

Assessment method

Programming an E-prime experiment within a certain time limit.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

Spapé M.M., Verdonschot, R.G., Van Dantzig, S., & van Steenbergen, H. (2014) The E-Primer: An introduction to creating psychological experiments in E-Prime. Leiden: Leiden University Press. ISBN: 978 90 8728 183 0

Contact information

Dr. Henk van Steenbergen