TicTimer Web: software for measuring tic suppression remotely

F1000Res. 2020 Oct 22;9:1264. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.26347.2. eCollection 2020.


Woods and Himle developed a standardized tic suppression paradigm (TSP) for the experimental setting, to quantify the effects of intentional tic suppression in Tourette syndrome. We previously provided a computer program to facilitate recording tic occurrence and to automate reward delivery during the several experimental conditions of the TSP. The present article describes a web-based program that performs the same functions. Implementing this program on the web allows research sessions to be performed remotely, in tandem with a video calling program. Relevant data for each session, such as the timing of tics and dispensed rewards, are stored in plain text files for later analysis. Expected applications include research on Tourette syndrome and related disorders.

Keywords: Tourette syndrome; reinforcement (psychology); reward; software; tic disorders.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Reward
  • Software
  • Tics*
  • Tourette Syndrome*