I mostly use Matlab to run experiments and analyse my data. I use the Psychtoolbox to control my stimuli; this is a free third party Matlab toolbox that provides tight control over graphics timing and a variety of methods for producing stimuli.
Masked Priming Toolbox v1.1
|Example masks and stimuli from Wilson et al (2011)|
If you download this, or have questions, please feel free to add a comment!
Paper describing the toolbox
Wilson, A. D., Tresilian, J. R., & Schlaghecken, F. (2011). The Masked Priming Toolbox: An open source Matlab toolbox for masked priming researchers. Behavior Research Methods 43, 210-214. Download
Paper using the toolbox
Wilson, A. D., Tresilian, J. R., & Schlaghecken, F. (2010). Continuous priming effects on discrete response choices. Brain & Cognition, 74(2), 152-159. Download
Download Masked Toolbox Zip File (current version 1.0.1, dated 4th March, 2009)
Masked Prime Toolbox by Andrew D. Wilson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
Links to other useful software
Tracker Video Analysis and Modelling Tool: Tracker is a free video analysis and modelling tool built on the Open Source Physics (OSP) Java framework. It's a great way to do simple motion analysis, and to introduce students to the principles of kinematic analysis. If you're interested in what it can do, have a look at this post on Wired about the physics of the yellow Angry Bird.
PsychoPy: An open source alternative to programmes such as e-Prime, which present simple stimuli and collect straightforward RT data.
Plot Digitiser: Java programme for getting numbers out of scans of scatterplot, etc.