||System for Teaching Experimental Psychology
STEP (System for Teaching Experimental Psychology) is an project designed
to maximize the use of E-Prime
experiment generation system (EGS). In principle, we wanted to support other
EGS systems too, but E-Prime seems to be the clearest standard.
STEP was organized by Brian MacWhinney in the
Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. Susan Campbell, now at the
Center for the Advanced Study of Language, created most of the E-Prime scripts. Other contributors
include Ping Li of the University of Richmond, Chris Schunn of the
University of Pittsburgh, and James St. James at Millikin University.
An article from BRMIC summarizes the project
provides a thorough introduction to the use of E-Prime.
STEP Resources include:
- The firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list that is used to share ideas and
issues regarding the use of E-Prime to build experiments. To subscribe, go
When you do this for the first time, you will be asked to set up a Google Groups account.
This is not a full Gmail account and they only ask for your name
- SCRIPTS-Classic: Runnable E-Prime scripts that can be used to
demonstrate classic experiments in Experimental Psychology. These are accompanied by descriptions of the original articles.
- SCRIPTS-Plus: Additional E-Prime scripts for certain commonly used
paradigms. These are not accompanied by descriptions of the original articles. Some of these are recent contributions.
- PST Samples: PST maintains an excellent collection
of about 50 short E-Prime scripts designed to illustrate specific programming techniques and tasks. However, to access these you
will first need to get a logon ID for the PST site.
- SCRIPTS-Student: E-Prime scripts contributed by Brian
MacWhinney's students in Cognitive Research Methods in 2002 and 2003.
- MATERIALS: The E-Prime Getting Started Guide and various
PowerPoint tutorials from PST, as well as additional technical documents for response boxes, etc.
- You can also find a collection of 25 scripts for mostly neuro-visual tasks in E-Prime and Presentation
at the JONES journal site.