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PsychoPy - programming for behavioural science studies

Dr Jon Peirce, University of Nottingham (

PsychoPy is a popular open-source (free) package to allow the precise presentation of stimuli and collection of participant responses in a wide range of behavioural science studies.

This workshop is led by Jon Peirce, the creator of the PsychoPy package, and will teach the following topics:

  1. how to create a (lab-based) study in the Builder interface
  2. how to run a (Builder) study online
  3. how to create a (lab-based) study in Python
  4. using Python for other tasks (e.g. batch processing and data analysis)

Criteria for participation

This Advanced Training event is being provided by the Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for the benefit of PhD students working in the Social Sciences. Please note that we expect this event to be very popular and will be operating a strict priority system for the allocation of places. ESRC funded PhD students from the MGS DTP institutions and ESRC funded PhD students (from any UK institution) will have priority, followed by PhD students funded in other ways and finally early career researchers and other academic staff.


All participants should bring an idea for a study, including stimuli if needed, like images or questionnaire text.

Participants may bring their own laptop loaded with the latest version of PsychoPy (available here) if they wish to, but this is not necessary as the sessions will be taking place in a PC lab and so all attendees will have access to their own PsychoPy capable computer during the sessions.

Practical aspects

This is a three day event. Each day participants will be provided with drinks and lunch with specific dietary needs being catered for.

Information about getting to the University of Warwick can be found here and information about car parking can be found here. Please note that car parking is very difficult on campus and car parks tend to be full before 8am. We strongly recommend that you use public transport if possible. If you do need to drive please allow plenty of time as you may need to circle or use a peripheral car park and walk. Please also note that the pay and display machines often require coins.

Information about accommodation available on campus can be found here.

Students attending from other Universities may apply for one of a limited number of travel/accommodation bursaries of up to £200. Please indicate your desire to do so within the booking form.


The booking form for this training will open shortly and will close on Friday 10th May.

We anticipate that this training will be a popular event. You will be notified via the email address you provide on the booking form whether you have secured a place or not after the registration deadline.

Date:Wednesday 12th - Friday 14th June
Time: 9:00- 17:00 daily
Location: A0.02, Maths and Stats- Zeeman Building, University of Warwick

Booking form now open!