Internet mediated research.
Reliably conduct your research over the internet.
The Psytools smart client
Your study participants install and use the Psytools smart client software. This is designed specifically to provide a stable environment for your study's measures, and to reliably and securely handle the resultant data, returning it to our servers.
Runs independently on each participant's computer
The Psytools smart client runs on the participant's computer, not on a web-page, minimising their dial-up costs. Tasks are downloaded once for all users of a machine before they are administered and can then be performed off-line. Internet congestion, connection failures or server failures do not disrupt the administration of your measure. This guarantees that all of your participants receive a uniform experience. Results are securely transmitted back to the server when an internet connection is available, and if the connection fails the Psytools smart client will try again at another time. In the case of child participants, parents can leave their children to perform tasks off-line, and connect to the internet later themselves to return the data. This ensures that parents have control over their children's internet usage.
Runs on a variety of platforms
Psytools is compatible with a wide range of platforms, including PCs running Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh computers running Mac OS X. The Psytools smart client is immune to problems caused by different web browsers and setup on your participants' computers, and runs on even basic computers.
Flexible distribution options
Your entire study can be distributed to your subjects over the internet, by mailing out a CD, or by a combination of both. By using CD distribution the time your participants spend online is reduced even further since all of your measures can be distributed along with the Psytools smart client. In this case only a few seconds online are required to return results. This form of distribution also allows the administration of very large or media-intensive tasks that are less suitable for internet distribution to participants with slow connections.
Supports a wide range of tasks
The task delivery system built into Psytools is highly flexible. It has been built from the ground up to support a very wide range of tasks and questionnaire styles. The examples which you find in the demonstration represent just a fraction of the possible measures that can be incorporated into a study using Psytools.
The Psytools server
The Psytools server provides a central location from which to manage the measures sent out to the Psytools smart clients on your participants' computers, and a secure repository for all of your data.
Simple, centralised administration for your study
With the Psytools server managing the administration of your study, you can add and assign new tasks with ease, track the status of your study, and quickly get the latest results. A common format for all of your raw data means a common set of tools and methods can be used to perform data processing on all items in your study.
Safe and secure
The Psytools server is built on a stable Linux platform, and uses industry standard database and application server software. Your data is safe, whilst your study remains available day in day out. Communication between the Psytools smart client and server is done over secure channels, using the same technology that protects on-line banking. Additionally we perform daily backups of your data.
Scalable to very large studies
The smart client design and scalability of the software architecture means that Psytools can expand the scope of your study however large it is, from just a few tens of participants right up to large epidemiological studies involving tens or even hundreds of thousands of participants.
Extend the scope of your study
Add to the breadth and depth of your study by running accurate cognitive measures alongside your questionnaire based assessment. Psytools provides a reliable and highly flexible experimental environment, allowing you to implement a broad range of standard and custom measures.
Reach a wider population
Deliver your experimental measures to a larger population and investigate them with more sensitivity. For the first time gathering normative data for your experimental measures is a practical undertaking.
Don't be limited by the amount of time you can spend in the physical presence of your participant. Psytools provides you with a cognitive testing platform within your participant's home. This gives you the opportunity to greatly extend your testing battery.
Retain your experimental validity
Psytools provides a stable environment for your whole study, behaving consistently across a wide range of computer specifications and internet connections. There is no need to compromise your experimental rigour to bring the benefits of the internet to your study.
No new programming language to learn
We program your entire task battery for you; all you have to provide are the specifications and the stimuli. This means your entire task battery can be ready in a matter of days and frees valuable time for you and your team.
Reduce your workload
We take care of the technology and infrastructure, freeing you to concentrate on your research. Through a single point of contact and set of tools the administrative demands placed on your team are reduced. All results are returned and consolidated in a central database giving you have quicker and better access to your data as it is gathered.
Take advantage of a dedicated framework
All your measures benefit from the dependable common components of the Psytools platform; reliable distribution, consistent task delivery, secure data return and handling - vital to any successful study. Results pass directly into the database, eliminating data loss caused by error-prone manual or automated data-entry steps.
More value from your funding
The use of Psytools is licensed on an annual basis and is priced per participant to be highly competitive with the total cost of conducting a study by postal measures (see the pricing page for more details).
Click below to download Psytools for your operating system.
Psytools allows you unprecedented access to your subject populations. Providing a testing platform in your subjects' homes as close to lab conditions as is possible.
Participant screening or subject recruitment often also requires online questionnaires which can be completed easily on a mobile phone or tablet device. Psytools-Online has been created to enable you to use online surveys as part of a Psytools powered study. It is a comprehensive platform for surveys and also allow relatively simple tasks to be run in a browser.
A demonstration of a Psytools online survey is available below.