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[solved] importing modules slows trials down?

edited January 2014 in OpenSesame


My stimulus (produced by an inline script within a block loop) works fine and the timing seems accurate, except that after it has presented the necessary stimuli, it lingers for a long time. I suspect a major cause for this is that the script needs to import psychopy and numpy in the beginning of every trial.

Is there any way around this? I suppose that if I move the loop to within the inline script, then I may run into some trouble with coordinating with the eye-tracker from trial to trial.



  • edited May 2012

    Hi Markku,

    The import statements shouldn't slow things down in any noticeable way, except the first time. I suspect that the trial_sequence contains some things that need to be prepared, such as sketchpads, synthesizers, etc. The way it works is that these items are prepared before the execution of every sequence, to minimize timing glitches during the sequence, at the expense of some unpredictable variation between sequences.

    What I usually do is insert a blank display (or fixation dot) at the end of the sequence. That way the participants don't feel as though the experiment is 'sluggish'.

    Does that answer your question?


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  • edited 6:30AM


    Ok, a blank screen with a fixation mark could suffice. What would be even better is displaying the (variable) preparation screen of the next trial. Is there any way to get a block variable value of the next trial. I suppose I need to see if there I can streamline my stimulus code a bit as well:)


  • edited 6:30AM

    Well, what you could do is insert an inline_script at the start of the trial sequence to show a display already in the prepare phase (inline_scripts have different tabs for both phases). This is unconventional, because the prepare phase is usually the place where you would engage in invisible preparatory stuff. But nothing stops you from breaking convention.

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  • edited 6:30AM

    FYI, if you are using the legacy back-end, cancelling the double buffering and the hardware surface realy speeds things up (at least for me it did, I'm using an eight yearold computer though). I guess it has it's disadvantages but for me it prevented 0.5 sec trials to become 1.5 secs, which would of made my experiment pretty tiresome.


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