Cogent 2000

Cogent 2000 is a MATLAB Toolbox for presenting stimuli and recording responses with precise timing. Cogent 2000 incorporates Cogent Graphics and provides additional utilities for the manipulation of sound, keyboard, mouse, joystick, serial port, parallel port, subject responses and physiological monitoring hardware. For fMRI experiments, Cogent 2000 can be configured to receive synchronisation pulses from a scanner allowing experimental timing to be tightly coupled with image acquisition.

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Demonstrations

Here you can view some movies illustrating some of the visual and auditory presentation capabilities of Cogent. The sample scripts demonstrate how easily these experiments can be programmed. These movies are not actual experiments but simple illustrations of the type of stimuli that could be used in a psychophysical or neuroimaging environment. The subject responses can be measured and logged and the timing of the Cogent scripts can be controlled from within the script or by external hardware (e.g. by an MRI scanner).

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Faces video

This example is a simple block design experiment to compare the subject's response to famous faces with a baseline condition of scrambled faces. The script demonstrates how the images contained in a series of graphics files can be displayed using Cogent 2000. Source code.

Sounds video

This example is a simple block design experiment to compare the subject's response to blocks of words during which semantic processing is manipulated by the question associated with each block. The script demonstrates how a set of sound files can be played using Cogent 2000. Source code.

Stroop video

This example is a single event-type experiment to investigate the subject's attentional response to a mismatch compared with a match between word colour and meaning. The script demonstrates how strings of different colours and sizes can be presented using Cogent 2000. Source code.

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