Last modified (except for formatting) April 6, 2007
Copyright © 2006, 2007 by Allan M. Stavely. All rights reserved.
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This program was designed to present stimulus for psychological experiments that take reaction and accuracy measurements of reading and judgment behaviors. These types of experiments are common in the fields of cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, special education, technical communication, and literacy. The particular experiment for which this program was created investigated differential processing of metaphorical and literal language by participants with high-functioning autism.
The core of the program is a graphical user interface (GUI) that presents a series of short texts followed by questions. This content is provided as input to the program by a script. The program monitors the time it takes participants to read the texts and answer the questions; it prints these reaction times along with the accuracy of the answers to a results file, which may be saved and then imported into a spreadsheet or database program.
Stavely wrote the code; he and Walsh collaborated on the explanatory text. We are grateful to John Shipman for his help in reviewing this document and suggesting many valuable improvements.
The program was originally written in some haste, because it was needed right away. It might benefit from further polishing and refactoring in places.