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Millisecond timing error in your computer-based experiments means that your study may not be working as you intended
and that your results might be spurious.


What

If you are a psychologist, neuroscientist or vision researcher who uses a computer to run experiments, and report timing accuracy in units of a millisecond, then it's likely your timings are wrong! This can lead to replication failure, spurious results and questionable conclusions. Timing error affects your work even when you use an experiment generator like E-Prime, SuperLab, Inquisit, Presentation, Paradigm or PsychoPy…

Why

Modern computer hardware may be faster but millisecond timing accuracy gets harder to achieve year-on-year. A common misconception is that 'millisecond precision' equals 'millisecond accuracy'. Precision simply means that timings are reported in units of a millisecond, not that they are accurate! Low level access to hardware is now becoming problematic even for experienced programmers.

How

Our products are designed to help you improve your presentation synchronization, response timing and TTL event marking/TTL trigger accuracy.

To improve replication and enhance credibility we also encourage researchers to self-validate, or self-certify, their own studies in terms of millisecond timing accuracy using a BBTK v2.

Executive summary

The Black Box ToolKit specializes in products that help psychologists, neuroscientists and vision researchers achieve millisecond accurate stimulus presentation, synchronization, TTL event marking/TTL triggering and reaction time measurement in their computer-based experiments. Ask yourself are you:

    1. Aware of millisecond timing error in your own experiments?
    2. Confident you can replicate experiments using different hardware and software in another lab?
    3. Always carrying out the experiments you assume you are?

Poorly controlled psychology experiments can lead to replication failure, spurious results and questionable conclusions. Millisecond timing error affects your work even when you use an experiment generator like E-Prime, SuperLab, Inquisit, Presentation, Paradigm, OpenSesame or PsychoPy etc. Online and offline experiments are equally prone to errors.

You should not be taken in by the suggestion that you simply need to run more trials or that errors can be corrected statistically. You should aim for as near zero millisecond timing error as possible on your own equipment with your own experiment scripts.

Are you confident you can replicate your current experiments using different hardware and software in another lab?

If you are a psychologist, neuroscientist or vision researcher who uses a computer to run experiments and reports results in units of a millisecond we can help you answer YES!

Some of our most popular products

The Black Box ToolKit v2 is used for independently self-validating millisecond timing accuracy. It can responsd to stimuli like a virtual human with an exact RT you set. All stimuli onsets and RT's are recorded along with anything else that happens. Simply compare what the BBTK v2 recorded with your Experiment Generator!
The 72 channel mBBTK is used for event marking in EEG, ERP and eye-tracking or anywhere TTL event marks are need to be millisecond accurate. Independently event marks on up to 24 bits when paired with optical input, mics, response pads and other TTL inputs. Can now be used without a PC!
1-8 Button USB response pad that works like a USB keyboard. Also sends TTL event markers! Voice Key model also available. Best of all it can be custom built to fit your exact requirements. Here are just a few of the designs we have laser cut for our customers.
Not sure which of our products could benefits you most? Take a look at our product comparison table or feel free to contact us for free and impartial advice.

About company


The Black Box Toolkit Ltd was founded in 2003 by a team of psychologists, software experts and electronic engineers.


Dedicated to improving the millisecond timing accuracy and experimental rigor of researchers in the behavioral and brain sciences.

We provide hardware, software and consultancy solutions across a wide range of fields to make this a reality. Print flyer

Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    +44 (0)114 3030056
  • Email:
    info@blackboxtoolkit.com
  • Address:
    The Black Box ToolKit Ltd,
    PO Box 3802, Sheffield,
    S25 9AG, UK