Links to useful tools for CDS members. Click on each to learn more
Children's Social Understanding Scale
Datavyu (http://datavyu.org) is a complete software package for visualizing and coding behavioral observations from video data sources, developed by and for developmental scientists. Datavyu supports multiple data streams—video, audio, physiology, motion tracking, eye tracking—and links them together with a flexible, extensible coding spreadsheet that enables time-locked coding and visualization. Keyboard shortcuts and user-defined scripts let users navigate quickly and iteratively through data streams, adding comments, codes, and interpretations.
Datavyu is part of the Databrary (http://databrary.org) project, led by Karen Adolph (NYU) and Rick Gilmore (Penn State) and supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) under BCS-1238599 and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) under U01-HD-076595.
Early Motor Questionnaire (EMQ)
Visit the Habit2 Website
Novel Object and Unusual Name (NOUN) Database
The NOUN Database comprises images of novel, unusual objects for experimental research. The database includes 64 primary stimuli and a collection of 10 novel categories, each including three exemplars. The catalog and images can be downloaded here: http://michaelhout.com/?page_id=759. The current edition and its validations were funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust (SF120032). For more information please contact Jessica Horst ( email@example.com) or Michael Hout (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Reference: *Horst, J. S., & Hout, M. C. (in press). The Novel Object and Unusual Name (NOUN) Database: A collection of novel images for use in experimental research. *Behavior Research Methods.
Preferential Looking Coder (Pref Coder)
The Child Affective Facial Expression (CAFE) Set
The Child Affective Facial Expression (CAFE) set is validated stimulus set of ~1200 photographs of preschool-aged (ages 2-8) children posing for 7 different emotional facial expressions—happy, angry, sad, fearful, surprise, neutral, and disgust. The set was created by Vanessa LoBue (Rutgers University) and Cat Thrasher (University of Virginia), and its validation was funded by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS-1247590). It is available downloading from http://databrary.org/. You will need to register at http://databrary.org/register to become an authorized researcher.
For more information about the CAFE set, please visit: http://childstudycenter.rutgers.edu/Child_Affective_Facial_Expression_Set.html
The MATRIX Program
The MATRIX is a computer program that was designed to run a visual detection task with child or adult participants (ages 3 to adult). It automatically displays various sized matrices of photographs, and requires participants to select a single target among an array of distracters while it records reaction time. It can be used in conjunction with a touch-screen display or with mouse clicks. The MATRIX runs on java programming and can be used on Mac, PC, and Linux.
To request a free copy of the MATRIX program, please visit: http://childstudycenter.rutgers.edu/The_MATRIX.html