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Experimentation I: Programming Psychological Experiments


Admission requirements

MSc Psychology (research) students


In this course, students get an introduction into the use of programming languages and standard packages for the programming of psychological experiments (using E-Prime) and surveys (using Qualtrics). This course also covers basic programming skills in E-Basic.

Course objectives

Students acquire basic skills in modifying existing, and creating new psychological experiments using E-Prime, E-Basic and Qualtrics.

At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand how to use the E-Prime user interface to program a simple psychological experiment

  • Have acquired skills to program a psychological experiment yourself

  • Know the elementary commands and statements used in E-Basic and understand how you can apply them in programming experiments

  • Have acquired skills to use Qualtrics for designing web surveys


Experimentation I: Programming Psychological Experiments (2012-2013):

Mode of instruction

Lectures, student assignments, practical exercises

Assessment method

Programming an E-prime experiment within a certain time limit.

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


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Reading list

  • E-Prime workbook (available at the end of August, see announcements on blackboard)

Contact information

Coordinator: Drs Henk van Steenbergen
Room 2B14
Phone 071-5273655