ERIC Number: ED443106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Displaying Special Characters and Symbols in Computer-Controlled Reaction Time Experiments.
Friel, Brian M.; Kennison, Shelia M.
A procedure for using MEL2 (Version 2.0 of Microcomputer Experimental Laboratory) and FontWINDOW to present special characters and symbols in computer-controlled reaction time experiments is described. The procedure permits more convenience and flexibility than in tachistocopic and projection techniques. FontWINDOW allows researchers to design fonts and edit special characters, which can be presented to a cathode ray tube (CRT) using MEL2 to control presentation and reaction time recording. FontWINDOW is a software package that allows the experimenter to very easily customize stimuli to fit the study's needs; MEL2 allows the experimenter the opportunity to present a wide variety of computer-controlled experiments, included, but not limited to, sentence processing, categorization, and priming experiments. A successful implementation involving two graphics fonts in a masked repetition priming experiment is described. Subjects, 38 undergraduate psychology students at the University of Oklahoma, were presented with letter strings for which they were instructed to make a lexical decision. The targets were primed with English words, which were either identical or unrelated to the target. (Contains a table and 22 references. An appendix shows procedure characteristics.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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