The Psychology Experiment Building Language (PEBL) and PEBL Test Battery

J Neurosci Methods. 2014 Jan 30;222:250-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2013.10.024. Epub 2013 Nov 20.


Background: We briefly describe the Psychology Experiment Building Language (PEBL), an open source software system for designing and running psychological experiments.

New method: We describe the PEBL Test Battery, a set of approximately 70 behavioral tests which can be freely used, shared, and modified. Included is a comprehensive set of past research upon which tests in the battery are based.

Results: We report the results of benchmark tests that establish the timing precision of PEBL.

Comparison with existing method: We consider alternatives to the PEBL system and battery tests.

Conclusions: We conclude with a discussion of the ethical factors involved in the open source testing movement.

Keywords: Continuous Performance Test; Executive function; Iowa Gambling Task; Mental rotation; Motor learning; Open science; Trail-making Test; Wisconsin Card Sorting Test.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Computers
  • Fingers
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet*
  • Neuropsychological Tests*
  • Psychomotor Performance
  • Reaction Time
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface