Some tools I like/use/tolerate

Observer experiments || Statistics || Backups || Writing || Productivity
Additional tools || Useful websites || Sanity

    Human observer experiments

No psychophysicist's toolbox would be complete without the open source application PsychoPy. It's actually a great tool for preparing, executing, and managing most types of subjective experiments with almost any kind of visual stimuli.

For multi-reader multi-case ROC studies, I've used the Dorfman, Berbaum, & Metz (DBM) software and power estimation script in several experiments.

    Lies, damned lies, and statistics

For statistical analysis, I've come to (more or less) love R. I use Rstudio as a graphical user interface for R. I've been doing a lot of non-parametric analysis, which I found insanely frustrating to do in SAS (though I'm sure it's straightforward for SAS programmers!). Here's an example of R code I've used to conduct post-hoc multiple comparisons for the Friedman test.

I really need to delve more into power analysis (and sample size estimation), so once I do, I'll post some links.

    backups, Backups, and MORE BACKUPS

If you really want to spend the rest of your life in the 5th circle of Inferno, don't backup any of your data (e.g. code, research, pictures of your cats). Hardware failures do happen, and they happen often.

    Writing right

  • Scrivener for writing papers
  • Jabref for the tedious task of managing bibliography
  • Texmaker + Miktex for preparing manuscripts in Latex
  • latex2rtf to convert a Latex document to RTF (for use in Word)
  • Pandoc for converting from Latex to Word and anything else, really
  • Vim for writing in Vi in Windows
  • Grammar Girl when you don't know which witch is that


  • Taskline to easily manage my tasks in Outlook calendar
  • f.lux to make the computer screen a little bit less annoying at night
  • IrfanView as a general image viewer

    Additional tools

    Useful websites

     Websites that keep me sane


  • MIPS XVIII will be held July 14-17, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. More info here.

  • MIPS XVII was held July 12-15, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

  • MIPS XVI was held 3-5 June 2015 in Ghent, Belgium and was hosted by myself and my colleague Ljiljana Platisa.

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