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Handling Trials and Conditions


This is what underlies the random and sequential loop types in Builder, they work using the method of constants. The trialHandler presents a predetermined list of conditions in either a sequential or random (without replacement) order.

see TrialHandler for more details.


This generates the next trial using an adaptive staircase. The conditions are not predetermined and are generated based on the participant’s responses.

Staircases are predominately used in psychophysics to measure the discrimination and detection thresholds. However they can be used in any experiment which varies a numeric value as a result of a 2 alternative forced choice (2AFC) response.

The StairHandler systematically generates numbers based on staircase parameters. These can then be used to define a stimulus parameter e.g. spatial frequency, stimulus presentation duration. If the participant gives the incorrect response the number generated will get larger and if the participant gives the correct response the number will get smaller.

see StairHandler for more details