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Findings from University of Melbourne Update Knowledge of Vision Research

May 30, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- New research on Health and Medicine is the subject of a report. According to news originating from Melbourne, Australia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "This article introduces PsyPad, a customizable, open-source platform for configuring and conducting visual psychophysics experiments on iPads without the need for any code development for the iPad. Stimuli for experiments are created off-line as a library of images."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Melbourne, "The PsyPad app (obtainable from the Apple App Store) presents the images according to either built-in, customizable staircase or method of constant stimuli procedures, mapping stimuli levels to images based on the image file names. On-screen buttons for responses are configurable and matched to 'correct' using the image file name of any given stimulus. All actions are logged into a text file and sent to a specified server at the end of the test if an Internet connection is available. If the iPad is not connected, the results are uploaded the next time the iPad is online."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "We provide a secure server for this purpose, but the server-side software is also open source if researchers choose to run their own server."

For more information on this research see: PsyPad: A platform for visual psychophysics on the iPad. Journal of Vision, 2014;14(3):781-787. Journal of Vision can be contacted at: Assoc Research Vision Ophthalmology Inc, 12300 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20852-1606, USA. (The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from A. Turpin, University of Melbourne, Dept. of Optometry & Vis Sci, Melbourne, Vic, Australia. Additional authors for this research include D.J. Lawson and A.M. McKendrick (see also Health and Medicine).

Keywords for this news article include: Melbourne, Health and Medicine, Australia and New Zealand

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Source: Health & Medicine Week

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