Pavlovia® contains a collection of experiments that you can use as a starting point for your own experiment. Below we explain how you can search for experiments in this collection and contribute your own experiment.

Searching for experiments on Pavlovia

You can search for experiments via the Pavlovia® website and from within the PsychoPy Builder.

Via the Pavlovia® website

From the Pavlovia® home page, you can explore your own existing projects, or other users’ public projects. To find a project, go to Pavlovia’s Explore page (see Fig. 17).


Fig. 17 The Pavlovia® home page

When exploring studies online, you are presented with a series of thumbnail images for all of the projects on Pavlovia®. See Fig. 18.


Fig. 18 Exploring projects on Pavlovia®

From the “Explore” page, you can filter projects by setting the filter buttons to a) Public or Private, b) Active or Inactive, and c) sort by number of forks, name, date and number of stars. The default sorting method is Stars. You can also search for projects using the search tool using keywords describing your area of interest, e.g., Stroop, or attention.

Via the PsychoPy Builder

If you wish to search for your own existing projects on Pavlovia®, or other users’ public projects, you can also do this via the Builder interface. To search for a project, click button (3) on the Builder Frame in Fig. 19.


Fig. 19 Buttons for running an online study from the PsychoPy Builder.

Following this, a search dialog will appear, see Fig. 20. The search dialog presents several options that allow users to search, fork and synchronize projects.


Fig. 20 The search dialog in Builder

To search for a project (see Fig. 20, Box A), type in search terms in the text box and click the “Search” button to find related projects on Pavlovia®. Use the search filters (e.g., “My group”, “Public” etc) above the text box to filter the search output. The output of your search will be listed in the search panel below the search button, where you can select your project of interest.

To fork and sync a project is to take your own copy of a project from Pavlovia® (fork) and copy a version to your local desktop or laptop computer (sync). To fork a project, select the local folder to download the project using the “Browse” button, and then click “Sync” when you are ready - (see Fig. 20, Box B). You should now have a local copy of the project from Pavlovia® ready to run in PsychoPy!

Contributing an experiment to Pavlovia

If you contribute an experiment to Pavlovia, other researchers can access it. Besides contributing to open science, this can be handy if you’ve got an issue with your experiment and would like other researchers to take a look.

Making an experiment public

A public experiment is visible to anyone to clone and fork. To make your experiment public navigate to your experiments’ GitLab page, then select > View code <> > Settings > Permissions (set to public). See Fig. 21.


Fig. 21 Setting a GitLab project to public access

Adding a team member

If you’d like to share your experiment only with specific researchers, navigate to your experiment, then select > View code <> > settings > Members. At this page: select a member, give them a role (to be able to fork your experiment, they should at least be Developer), optionally an access expiration date, and then add them. See Fig. 22.


Fig. 22 Adding a user to a GitLab project

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