STEP - A system for teaching experimental psychology using E-prime

Brian MacWhinney, James S. St. James, Chris Schunn, Ping Li, Walter Schneider

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    Students in psychology need to learn to design and analyze their own experiments. However, software that allows students to build experiments on their own has been limited in a variety of ways. The shipping of the first full release of the E-Prime system later this year will open up a new opportunity for addressing this problem. Because E-Prime promises to become the standard for building experiments in psychology, it is now possible to construct a Web-based resource that uses E-Prime as the delivery engine for a wide variety of instructional materials. This new system, funded by the National Science Foundation, is called STEP (System for the Teaching of Experimental Psychology). The goal of the STEP Project is to provide instructional materials that will facilitate the use of E-Prime in various learning contexts. We are now compiling a large set of classic experiments implemented in E-Prime and available over the Internet from The Web site also distributes instructional materials for building courses in experimental psychology based on E-Prime.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)287-296
    Number of pages10
    JournalBehavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - May 2001

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
    • Psychology (miscellaneous)
    • Psychology(all)


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