*Under Construction*

This page contains links to software etc. that makes drawing research easier.

Measuring Anglular Deviation and Line Lengths:
During my PhD I spent months measuring the length and angular deviation of lines- I've since learnt that this can be done far more easily!

I was recently introduced to this brilliant, opensource piece of software that measures and even saves angles that you measure (drawings can be scanned or photographed). Simply open the image, click on the Angle Tool (sixth tool along the toolbar), click along the points of the angle you wish to measure. Then go to Analyse then Measure. The angle will then be saved in a Results window.

Various routines (e.g. Hough transform) and toolboxes can be used to measure angles of drawings and then analyse the data.

Experimental Stimuli Presentation:

MATLAB and Cogent
Cogent is free and allows for images to be produced and displayed using MATLAB, thiis is really useful for presenting, storing and processing data prior to analysis. Comprehensive documentatio is provided with both Cogent Graphics and Cogent 2000.

This software is available as a free trial and is an experimental presentation and control system. It uses a relatively simple programming language (like C) to control experiments. Experiments are split into three sections a) a header section is used to define global parameters (such as background colour) b) a Scenario Description Language (SDL) section is used to specify stimuli such as properties (e.g. image filenames) and how these fit in to a trial. c) a Presentation Control Language (PCL) section is used to control the experiments such as defining how to save output or precise control of stimuli delivery.

A very commonly used piece of software in Psychology to present and control stimuli.

An opensource piece of software that allows for precise recording of response times in response to auditory and visual stimuli. This programme is a script-based method that is relatively simple to get started with.

SuperLab Pro
This is very simple experimental presentation software. It is less sophisticated than other pieces of experimental presentation software but is extremely easy to useful and is useful for simply presenting stimuli.

Stimuli Creation:

MS Office Publisher
This programme can be used to create simple line-drawn stimuli.

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)
This is a very powerful and programmable piece of opensource software that can be used to create a wide array of stimuli.

Eye Tracking:
Eye tracking isn't used particularly frequently in drawing research but can be a very usefull tool indeed.

I put this guide together during my current post to help other researchers in the department use Tobii eye trackers. It contains information about using Tobii machines as I found that a lot of useful information was lacking or near impossible to find.
Eye Tracker Guide

I've recently found this software but not tested it. It appears useful for recording digitised drawings and eye movements.