The Black Box ToolKit v2 software suite
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The Black Box ToolKit v2 comes with an easy to use software suite that lets you check the millisecond presentation and response timing accuracy of any computer-based psychology experiment. A graphical 20 channel logic analyser lets you select which sensors to view and check the timing of whilst a 36 channel spreadsheet view lets you read off the exact onset, offset and duration for any input or output channel or line.

A series of wizards walks you through monitoring stimulus events and generating responses at known reaction times. Alternatively you can pair up to 8 input channels or sensors with 8 output channels for event marking, e.g. TTL event marking in EEG studies.

Best of all the BBTK v2 software suite runs on any version of Windows from XP up!

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Software suite
The Black Box ToolKit v2 comes complete with an easy to use software suite that will run on any modern version of Microsoft Windows:

Microsoft Windows XP SP3 Vista SP2 (x32/x64)
Windows 7 SP1 (x32/x64)
Windows 8 (x32/x64)
Windows 8.1 (x32/x64)
Windows 10 (x32/x64)

Once connected via USB you can control the BBTK v2 via intuitive wizards, copy and paste data to Microsoft Excel and analyze millisecond timings in our 20 channel logic analyser. Up to 36 input and output lines across a range of sensors let you monitor events, generate outputs or event mark with ease. For an overview of what you could achieve, read a summary of each module below.

The main BBTK v2 interface – analyze timings using the spreadsheets or
use the 20 Channel Logic Analyser and moveable cursors (click to enlarge)


Commonly used modules

Module Which input sensors & output lines can be used (Elite model) What can it do
Digital Stimulus Capture (DSC) INPUT: 4x opto-detectors, 2x mics, 10x TTL inputs, 4-8x response pad buttons Using DSC the BBTK v2 can be your millisecond accurate silent observer. In this mode it simply collects all timing data across a range of sensors enabling you to analyze it. Quickly any easily see what happened in any experiment. Using this module you can easily replace the timing duties of your experiment generator and let the heavy lifting be done accurately and reliably by the BBTK v2.
Event Generation (EG) OUTPUT: 4x Active Switch Closures, 2x sounders, 10x TTL outputs, 1x Robotic Key Actuator EG lets you generate a series of variable events with known timing characteristics across a range of outputs. For example Active Switch Closures can close a key on your own response device; sounders can trigger your own voce keys; standard 0/+5V TTL signals generated or a Robotic Key Actuator can press laptop keys or touch screens, e.g. iPads etc. It could be used in finger tapping studies for example.
Digital Stimulus Capture And Response (DSCAR) INPUT: 4x opto-detectors, 2x mics, 10x TTL inputs, 4-8x response pad buttons

OUTPUT: 4x Active Switch Closures, 2x sounders, 10x TTL outputs, 1x Robotic Key Actuator

DSCAR is at the heart of the BBTK v2 whole ethos. It acts as a virtual human and steps through your experiment recording stimuli and simulating responses with known timing characteristics. In short it is a combination of DSC and EG modules.

With an easy to use wizard select which stimulus patterns on which sensors should trigger a response and then choose a response along with a variable target response time and duration. To check the timing accuracy or your computer and experiment generator compare what the BBTK v2 saw and did with what your system thought. A classic example might be a simple visual reaction time experiment where the BBTK v2 responds to a stimulus after sat 300mS and holds a button down for 100mS to represent a tap.
Event Generation Pulse Train (EGPT) OUTPUT: 4x Active Switch Closures, 2x sounders, 10x TTL outputs, 1x Robotic Key Actuator EG lets you generate an unlimited number of fixed events with known timing characteristics across a range of outputs. For example Active Switch Closures can close a key on your own response device; sounders can trigger your own voce keys; standard 0/+5V TTL signals generated or a Robotic Key Actuator can press laptop keys or touch screens, e.g. iPads etc. It could be used to simulate a regular pulse such as that from an MRI scanner via TTL lines.
Digital Stimulus Response Echo (DSRE) INPUT: 4x opto-detectors, 2x mics, 10x TTL inputs, 4-8x response pad buttons

OUTPUT: 4x Active Switch Closures, 2x sounders, 10x TTL outputs, 1x Robotic Key Actuator

DSRE is very similar to DSCAR the virtual human bar that it doesn't record any timing data but simply responds to stimuli with known response characteristics.

With an easy to use wizard select which stimulus patterns on which sensors should trigger a response and then choose a response along with a fixed target response time and duration.
Event Mark (EM) INPUT: 4x opto-detectors, 2x mics, 10x TTL inputs, 4-8x response pad buttons

OUTPUT: 4x Active Switch Closures, 2x sounders, 10x TTL outputs, 1x Robotic Key Actuator

Event mark lets you pair any input sensor to any output line. You can have up to eight real time pairings in use at the same time. Typically this module is used where you need to automatically event mark events in the real world with TTL signals, e.g. in EEG, fMRI, eye tracking etc.

For example, opto detectors could be paired with a TTL signal so that a temporally yoked output would begin with the input and last until input ceased on that sensor. In an EEG study two TTL output lines could indicate when a visual stimulus was shown and a tone played in the real world. That is, the TTL signals would match real world events to make marking ethnologically valid.

 

Digital Stimulus Capture (DSC)
Using DSC the BBTK v2 can be your millisecond accurate silent observer. In this mode it simply collects all timing data across a range of sensors enabling you to analyze it.

Run DSC and then analyze everything the BBTK v2 saw

 

Event Generation (EG)
EG lets you generate a series of variable events with known timing characteristics across a range of outputs.

Generate a series of fixed of variable events


Digital Stimulus Capture And Response (DSCAR)
DSCAR is at the heart of the BBTK v2 whole ethos. It acts as a virtual human and steps through your experiment recording stimuli and simulating responses with known timing characteristics. In short it is a combination of DSC and EG modules.

Run your virtual human by clicking on LEDs, selecting RTs and durations and then a time limit – What could be easier!


Event Generation Pulse Train (EGPT)
EG lets you generate an unlimited number of fixed events with known timing characteristics across a range of outputs.

Generate an infinite number of events with fixed timing characteristics


Digital Stimulus Response Echo (DSRE)
DSRE is very similar to DSCAR the virtual human bar that it doesn't record any timing data but simply responds to stimuli with known response characteristics.

Respond to an infinite number of stimulus events with fixed timing characteristics

 

Event Mark (EM)
Event mark lets you pair any input sensor to any output line. You can have up to eight real time pairings in use at the same time. Typically this module is used where you need to automatically event mark events in the real world with TTL signals, e.g. in EEG, fMRI, eye tracking etc.

To event mark pair any input sensor to any output modality, e.g. sounder, Robotic Key Actuator, Active Switch Closure or TTL output