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Resources for Stimulus Selection, Evaluation and Other Tools

This page provides links to databases or other web-sites which may be useful for the selection, evaluation or manipulation of stimulus material. There is a separate page for open datasets.
Here, you will find information on


PsychWiki Archive (useful links to norms, stimuli, data etc.)

Overview of Published Norms (From "Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers" - up to 1999)

Searchable Archive of the Psychonomic Society (description)

LexOPS (An R package and user interface for the controlled generation of word stimuli)

"Mix and Match" Software (for stimulus matching and pseudorandomising)

MGH OptSeq (Randomization tool for event-related fMRI designs)

Neuro Power Tools (Software tools to compute fMRI statistical power)

fmripower (matlab based power calculation tool for group fMRI studies)

The R Project for Statistical Computing

R Seek (Search engine for R-related issues)

Open Science Framework (on-line depository for pre-registered studies)


BrainMap Project, for standardization, sharing, and meta-analysis of neuroimaging data (incl. ALE, see reference list for more resources)

J├╝lich Atlases and Tools, three-dimensional, realistic model of the human brain(JuBrain, BigBrain)

CoCoMac Database, Collations of Connectivity data on the Macaque brain

Neuroanatomy Tutorial (some more links at bottom)

Brain Atlas (simple and interactive)

Neurosynth (automated "meta-analysis" of fMRI data)

Studyforrest (publicly available neuroimaging data)

MEG-Sim (simulated MEG data)

Neural ElectroMagnetic Ontologies (NEMO, resources to support representation, classification, and meta-analysis of brain electromagnetic data)

Cam-CAN (Cambridge Centre for Aging and Neuroscience large-scale data set)

Multimodal, multi-subject data set (EMEG and (f)MRI, famous/unfamiliar/scrambled faces)

multiBrain (A list of brain imaging datasets with multiple scans per subject.)

Language, Word Recognition

There are more links to language-related databases on the Language Group Wiki

Cambridge Language Sciences list of resources

Linguistic Data Consortium (a collection of databases etc., see e.g. their Catalog page).

CELEX Psycholinguistic Database (orthographic, phonetic and lexical information on English/German/Dutch words)

McWord : An Orthographic Wordform Database (web site that provides simple ways to extract information from CELEX. Also allows you to generate nonwords with specifiable degrees of approximation to English orthography)

MRC Psycholinguistic Database, (orth/phon/lex information on English words, plus imageability ratings; direct access to search engine [ here)

SUBTLEXus: word frequencies based on American English (movie subtitles)

ARC Nonword Database

Wuggy (a multi-lingual pseudoword generator)

Bristol Norms (Age-of-acquisition, imageability and familiarity)

English Lexicon Project (orth/phon/lex information on English words, plus Lexical Decision and Reading Latencies, HAL Frequencies etc.)

British National Corpus (English words and phrases)

Wordsmith (anagrams, dictionary etc.)

Princeton WordNet (Conceptual-semantic networks)

Edinburgh Word Association Thesaurus (empirical semantic word association data)

Sentence Cloze Probability Norms (for 498 sentences)

Leipzig Corpora Collection (search for words in different corpora for different languages)

Latent Semantic Analysis (for analysing and comparing texts and documents; more here)

Affective Norms for English Words

Affective Norms for English Text

Berlin Affective Word List Affective norms for German words

dlexDB Project German lexical database

Google Word Frequencies Frequencies for sets of ngrams (1 to 5 words) within Google books (over time)

Frequencies of word n-grams (from LDC catalog, see above)

University of Florida Free Association Norms Free word association norms (XML version)

Aralex A lexical database for Modern Standard Arabic

Pictures, Objects, Movies

Snodgrass&Vanderwart Original, and Snodgrass&Vanderwart revisited (visual, semantic and phonological information on line drawings)

The International Picture Naming Project (norms for picture naming in 7 different languages, plus some norms for reading and repetition)

HMAX HMAX model of object recognition by the Riesenhuber lab

McRae's Semantic Feature Norms (norms for living and nonliving basic-level concepts, see Paper)

Face Recognition (collection of databases)

Images and 3D Objects (objects, faces, scenes, events)

Database of Visual Eye Movements (DOVES, collection of eye movements from 29 human observers as they viewed 101 natural calibrated images)

Novel Object and Unusual Name (NOUN) Database (database of images of novel, unusual object)

Normed Movies of Goal-Directed Actions

UCF YouTube Action Video Dataset (videos of 11 action categories)

Human Activity Video Datasets (list of datasets with videos of human actions/activities)

Emotion Research

International Affective Picture System (IAPS) (normative ratings of emotion (pleasure, arousal, dominance) for a set of color photographs (objects and scenes))

International Affective Digital Sounds (IADS)

Affective Norms for English Words (ANEW)

Affective Norms for English Text (ANET)

Speech, Sounds and Noises

What they can do with sounds at CNBH (e.g. musical rain)

Noise-Vocoded Speech (look at bottom for how to do it yourself)

Praat Software (for analysing and manipulating speech sounds)

STRAIGHT (speech manipulation tool)

Voicekey software (for off-line voice onset measurements)

Reaction Time Distributions

Ex-Gaussian in Matlab

Diffusion Model Analysis Toolbox (DMAT, in Matlab; look here for internal intro)

Matlab Tools

Presentation about Optimising Matlab Code by Rob Young (look for more links inside)