Psycholinguistic Databases & Norms

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 

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.

concreteness ratings for 40k English Lemmas (Brysbaert et al., 2014)

Here's a mammoth set of word concreteness ratings from the great Marc Brysbaert and colleagues.  Visit here.

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.  Visit the ELP here.

English noun imageability & phonology 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  [download database here]  [article here].

glasgow psycholinguistic norms (imageability, valence, etc.)

Normative ratings for 5,553 English words on nine psycholinguistic dimensions: arousal, valence, dominance, concreteness, imageability, familiarity, age of acquisition, semantic size, and gender association.  Link here.

international picture naming database

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

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.

perceptual and affective 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).  

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.

profanity + common noun corpus

Here's one for the scientific annals (and yes, I did say annal). 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


Neuroimaging, Electrophysiology, Eyetracking

pupillometry data processing pipeline (in R)

here is an R script that runs a pupil processing pipeline for an SMI eyetracker (download here). This script reads in raw data from a folder of text files, isolates the left eye, marks "0" values as NA, linearly interpolates across missing values, applies a moving average smoothing window, then extracts events and conducts a baseline subtractive correction as described in our 2018 article on the human pupil response in Behavior Research Methods.


Picture, Video, & Sound Stimuli 


a continuous sequence of pure tones 

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When people hear a contrastive tone difference (e.g., 400Hz vs. 500Hz), their pupils tend to dilate.  We created sound files that elicit pupil dilation at the switch points between tones.  These might be useful for target detection experiments in either auditory or pupillometric research.  The files are each about 80 seconds long.  Read Me for an explanation of the specific files. Download Me to inspect and freely use them.  Here's a rough schematic of the structure of these files (TEPR stands for task-evoked pupillary response).

the noun project

one million royalty free icons and symbols. link here

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.

a large database of 3d object scans

The title says it all. These look awesome. Throw away your black-and-white line drawings.  Link here.

psychology software tools: e-prime youtube tutorial channel

I hate it when I’ve been programming in Eprime, and it just crashes without saving. It happens all time. Maybe there’s a nugget of wisdom on their YouTube channel. Link here

false fonts: a compendium of fonts

Here ‘s a really useful set of novel constructed orthographies from the FontStruct website. We are planning on using one of these fonts as a lower level visual baseline for English orthography (similar luminance and complexity, minus the semantics) for an EEG study we are soon launching.

Programs & Screening Tools

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].     


R & Statistical 

a compendium of R graphs

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

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....  


Graphic Design & Anatomical Labelling

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.