Cognitive Neuroscience
 

 

 

Stimuli

 

 

Internet Resources for Experimental Stimuli

We have compiled a list of Internet resources for both auditory and visual stimuli. All links have been tested as of 12/20/07. If you have stimuli that you would like to add to this list (or if you notice a broken link), please contact the webmaster (govinda.vyas[at]temple.edu). As always, please cite the appropriate investigator upon publishing any paper using downloaded stimuli.


Dot Cloud Stimuli

Our lab created sets of random dot patterns (similar to the Posner and Keele dot clouds) for use in experimental testing. Twenty-four sets of 11 images are provided, each with a random display of white dots on a gray background. Images denoted with a "C" are the canonical dot patterns for each set. The sets are composed of 10 other images in which the dot locations are progressively (randomly) perturbed from their original locations in the canonical image. For example, set1_1.bmp is derived by adding a small amount of random noise to the dot locations in set1_C; set1_10.bmp is derived by adding a large amount of random noise to the dot locations in set1_C. Dot Stimuli


Verbal Stimuli

Sets of normed word pools
http://memory.psych.upenn.edu/Word_Pools

Normed affective word lists
csea.phhp.ufl.edu/Media


Sound Stimuli

Useful sound clips (animal noises, cartoon voices)
freesoundfiles.tintagel.net/Audio

Sound clips from movies
moviesoundcentral.com

Various sound files including famous spoken quotes
wavsource.com


Social and Emotional Stimuli: Faces and Photos

Stirling/ESRC 3D Face Database, a free-to-use database of 2D and 3D faces with varying viewpoints, lighting, distance, and expressions.

http://pics.stir.ac.uk/ESRC/

Computer generated faces manipulated along 9 trait dimensions, from Alex Todorov's lab at Princeton.
http://tlab.princeton.edu/databases/

Face stimuli varying in age, gender and ethnicity, from Denise Park's lab at Illinois
http://agingmind.utdallas.edu/stimuli/facedb/

Database of emotional faces from the Technical University of Munich
mmk.ei.tum.de

Classic emotional stimuli (such as the IAP picture set) are available
csea.phhp.ufl.edu

Ekman face set from 1975 (can be ordered for $175)
paulekman.com

Newer (and free) set of emotional faces from Technical University of Munich
mmk.ei.tum.de

Emotional face set from CMU
cs.cmu.edu

A clearinghouse of information relevant to emotion researchers, including links to emotional stimuli (confusing website design)
emotion-research.net

 

Information on Face Recognition

face-rec.org

A stimulus set including 1,612 PNG-format color images generated along an image morph continuum between the average male face and the average female face from a large database of feature-tagged face images.

http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/jbednar/stimuli/

 



Objects and Scenes

Large sets of real objects photographed from various angles
http://pics.psych.stir.ac.uk/Other_image_types.htm
http://www.cogsci.nl/stimulus-sets#aloi


Many good images of cars, motorcycles, airplanes, faces, doors and scenes (from Caltech)
vision.caltech.edu

Objects and scenes of mixed quality (University of Surrey)
ee.surrey.ac.uk

Color-calibrated natural scenes
tabby.vision.mcgill

A good database of objects, scenes, birds, butterflies, textures, with links to other sites (Illinois)
cvr.ai.uiuc.edu

Objects in Scenes
http://agingmind.utdallas.edu/stimuli/object-scenedb/

Real objects (from Columbia)
cs.columbia.edu

Photographs of people, scenes and objects (from Berkeley)
eecs.berkeley.edu

Large database of pictures of fruits, vegetables, animals, cups and cars taken under controlled photographic conditions
mis.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de

Computer-generated objects (from Princeton)
shape.cs.princeton.edu


Biological Motion

Large set of point-light displays, with both human and nonhuman actors (from Temple)
astro.temple.edu


Change Detection

Editorial errors from movies
slipups.com

Free flicker demos (from Ron Rensink)
psych.ubc.ca

Dan Simons' DVD of classic change blindness short movies
viscog.beckman.uiuc.edu

Mike Tarr's change blindness stimuli
titan.cog.brown.edu


Websites with links to many stimulus databases

Mike Tarr's excellent website with various types of stimuli
titan.cog.brown.edu

Database of various image types, mostly from computer vision sources (quality is mixed)
cs.cmu.edu

An older website with decent visual stimuli
viperlib.york.ac.uk

Links to other lists of sound files (some links broken, some not so good)
nobucks.com


Create your own stimuli

Put faces on other people's bodies
regsoft.net

Morph faces
stoik.com

Morph faces with excellent software from Genemation
genemation.com

Make anaglyphs with Photoshop
dogfeathers.com

For Mac users, record and manipulate voices easily using Garageband
apple.com