A lead researcher explaining the benefits of Cognition.run

PsyToolkit, jsPsych, and Cognition: Revolutionizing Online Psychological Experiments

Introducing PsyToolkit

PsyToolkit is a free-to-use platform designed for researchers, educators, and students to run and design psychological experiments online. It provides a range of questionnaires and tasks commonly used in psychological research, making it easier for those unfamiliar with programming to conduct experiments.

Benefits of PsyToolkit:

  • Beginner-friendly: Ideal for those with minimal programming knowledge.
  • Library of tasks: Access to a wide range of ready-to-use experiments and surveys.
  • Online tutorials: Comprehensive guides to help users get started.

What is jsPsych?

jsPsych is a JavaScript library that provides a framework for creating behavioral experiments that run in a web browser. It focuses on flexibility, enabling users to customize their experiments fully.

Benefits of jsPsych:

  • Highly customizable: Modify experiments based on research needs.
  • Active community: A growing community providing plugins and updates.
  • Integration capabilities: Seamlessly integrate with platforms like Cognition.run.

Enter Cognition.run

Cognition is an online platform that complements jsPsych, allowing researchers to host, share, and manage their jsPsych experiments. By handling the technical aspects like hosting and data collection, Cognition empowers researchers to focus solely on experiment design.

Benefits of Cognition:

  • Efficient data collection: Automatic, real-time data collection and storage.
  • Security: SSL-certified secure hosting of experiments.
  • Integration with jsPsych: Perfectly meshes with the jsPsych framework for seamless experiment design and execution.

PsyToolkit vs. jsPsych + Cognition: Making the Choice

While PsyToolkit offers an entry point for those new to online experiments, jsPsych combined with Cognition provides an advanced, customizable, and streamlined approach to modern psychological research. With the flexibility of jsPsych and the infrastructure support of Cognition, researchers can push the boundaries of online experiments.