Resources

 

English noun imageability dataset  

This is a psycholinguistic database reflecting phonological, lexical, and semantic attributes for a large set of English nouns (N=2877).  I created this as part of my doctoral dissertation in 2005 and published the findings in Cognitive Science [download database here]  [article here].

E-Prime hearing & vision screening

Here's an automated hearing and vision screening program written for E-Prime. We published the methods in the journal, Behavior Research Methods.   [Zip Archive].     

Multidimensional scaling and word ratings for 750 abstract and concrete English nouns

Here's a spreadsheet with Mechanical Turk ratings (N>350 people) on 15 different cognitive dimensions for 750 abstract and concrete English nouns. We recently published details of the scaling procedures in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (see Troche et al, 2014; Crutch et al., 2013).  The spreadsheet above reflects the dataset described in: Reilly J, Troche J, & Crutch SJ (in preparation). Defining a Conceptual Topography of Word Concreteness: Clustering Properties of Emotion, Sensation, and Magnitude among 750 English Words

Sun Scene Database (MIT)

Need a picture of a beach or a kitchen -- or 15,000 other naturalistic scenes?  Here's the database for you.

SubtLex American Word Frequency Database

Need frequency values for a list of your stimuli based on a corpus of 50 million words? Dump them into Professor Marc Brysbaert's database, and voila.  Link to this awesome psycholinguistic database here.

mrc psycholinguistic database

Here's the queen mother of all psycholinguistic databases from the MRC/CBU (Cambridge).  Many of the measures are a bit too dated at this point (e.g., Kucera frequency norms), but the filtering features, concreteness, familiarity, etc. make this site tough to beat. Click here to visit MRC.

english lexicon project

Here's another bread-and-butter psycholinguistic database from Professor David Balota at Washington University in Saint Louis. This monster has trial level naming and lexical decision data for zillions of English words from what feels like kazillions of participants.  Visit the ELP here.

international picture naming database

Here's a great set of well-normed pictures of actions and objects from the IPNP at UCSD

a compendium of R graphs

Here's a great set of R-graphs and associated code from EJ Wagenmakers

A Comparison of MRC Concreteness Norms (1981) to Brysbaert and colleagues contemporary word concreteness norms (2014)

Here's a spreadsheet of 400 abstract and concrete English nouns with concreteness ratings from an older source (MRC Psycholinguistic Database) and a more contemporary source (Brysbaert et al, 2014). Unlike word frequency, word concreteness tends to be relatively stable across a 40 year span. The Pearson correlation between the two databases is R=.96.

a large database of 3d object scans

The title says it all. These look awesome. Throw away your black-and-white line drawing stimuli. Down with Snodgrass and Vanderwart!  Link here.

calgary semantic decision project and embodied cognition ratings

These category decision norms and embodiment ratings are from the awesome Penny Pexman's group.  Link here. I'm such a fan of their group's work both in abstract words and sound symbolism.

ARC Nonword Database

Working on a lexical decision task and need some weird nonword foils?   Hmmm... but what if I need to specify some weird orthotactic constraints on my nonword stimuli?  Never fear. The bulk of the work has been done for you with the ARC nonword database. Link here .   I wish this database had been available when I generated the stimuli for my doctoral thesis in 2005.  I am mildly embarrassed to say that I resorted to using the Klingon dictionary for generating nonword base forms. Here's a newer version of the Klingon lexicon --

Growth Curve Modeling Tutorial and R-code

Dan Mirman has posted an amazing tutorial and associated R code for understanding (and executing) growth curve analysis. This is a great resource for mere statistical mortals who still (secretively) resort to SPSS when the going gets rough.  Sorry, you purists!  Link here....  Dan also wrote a highly accessible book on the topic.  He signed mine, "May your success never asymptote".  Dan is a shameless self promoter, but really deep down he's still a shameless self promoter.

anatomical illustrative shading on the freesurfer brain in photoshop

I often find myself making illustrations of brains and highlighting particular regions for talks. Here's a document on how to do this in Photoshop using the Freesurfer brain as a base.

profanity + common noun corpus

Here's one for the scientific annals. This is a corpus composed of 480 common English nouns judged on the quality of how they combine with extant profanity (e.g., ass) to form novel profane compound words (e.g., assrocket).  For each word, you will find its rating (judged by 21 people) as well as coding across a range of psycholinguistic variables.  Download the file in CSV format here.  Download the appendices for the scientific paper here.