jspsych-single-stim plugin

This plugin displays an image or HTML-formatted content and allows the subject to respond by pressing a key on the keyboard. The stimulus can be displayed until a response is given, or for a pre-determined amount of time. The trial can be ended automatically if the subject has failed to respond within a fixed length of time.

Because this plugin can display any HTML content, it is quite versatile. It can be used for any situation in which the response generated by the subject is a single keystroke.


This table lists the parameters associated with this plugin. Parameters with a default value of undefined must be specified. Other parameters can be left unspecified if the default value is acceptable.

Parameter Type Default Value Description
stimulus string undefined The stimulus to display. Either HTML-formatted, or the path to an image.
is_html boolean false If stimulus is an HTML-formatted string, this parameter needs to be set to true.
choices array [ ] This array contains the keys that the subject is allowed to press in order to respond to the stimulus. Keys can be specified as their numeric key code or as characters (e.g. 'a', 'q'). The default value of an empty array means that all keys will be accepted as valid responses.
prompt string "" This string can contain HTML markup. Any content here will be displayed below the stimulus. The intention is that it can be used to provide a reminder about the action the subject is supposed to take (e.g. which key to press).
timing_stim numeric -1 How long to show the stimulus for in milliseconds. If the value is -1, then the stimulus will be shown until the subject makes a response.
timing_response numeric -1 How long to wait for the subject to make a response before ending the trial in milliseconds. If the subject fails to make a response before this timer is reached, the the subject's response will be recorded as -1 for the trial and the trial will end. If the value of this parameter is -1, then the trial will wait for a response indefinitely.
response_ends_trial boolean true If true, then the trial will end whenever the subject makes a response (assuming they make their response before the cutoff specified by the timing_response parameter). If false, then the trial will continue until the value for timing_response is reached. You can use this parameter to force the subject to view a stimulus for a fixed amount of time, even if they respond before the time is complete.

Data Generated

In addition to the default data collected by all plugins, this plugin collects the following data for each trial.

Name Type Value
stimulus string Either the path to the image file or the string containing the HTML formatted content that the subject saw on this trial.
key_press numeric Indicates which key the subject pressed. The value is the numeric key code corresponding to the subject's response.
rt numeric The response time in milliseconds for the subject to make a response. The time is measured from when the stimulus first appears on the screen until the subject's response.


Displaying image until subject gives a response

var trial = {
    type: 'single-stim',
    stimulus: 'img/happy_face.png'

Restricting which keys the subject can use to respond

var trial = {
    type: 'single-stim',
    stimulus: 'img/happy_face.png',
    choices: ['h','s']

Displaying HTML content for a fixed length of time

var trial = {
    type: 'single-stim',
    stimulus: '<p>Radio</p>',
    is_html: true,
    timing_response: 1500,
    response_ends_trial: false