OpenSesame: an open-source, graphical experiment builder for the social sciences

Behav Res Methods. 2012 Jun;44(2):314-24. doi: 10.3758/s13428-011-0168-7.


In the present article, we introduce OpenSesame, a graphical experiment builder for the social sciences. OpenSesame is free, open-source, and cross-platform. It features a comprehensive and intuitive graphical user interface and supports Python scripting for complex tasks. Additional functionality, such as support for eyetrackers, input devices, and video playback, is available through plug-ins. OpenSesame can be used in combination with existing software for creating experiments.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computer Graphics*
  • Humans
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Programming Languages
  • Research
  • Social Sciences / methods*
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface*