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Databases for Stimulus Selection and Evaluation

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 information on [#General general issues], [#WordRecognition word recognition], [#PictureNaming picture naming], [#EmotionResearch emotion research], and [#SpeechSoundsNoises speech and sounds].



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

[ Searchable Archive] of the Psychonomic Society

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


Word Recognition

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

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

[ 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)

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

[ Affective Norms for English Words]

[ Affective Norms for English Text]


Picture Naming

[ 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)

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


Emotion Research

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

[ 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)