Open source behavioral experiment software for neuroscience and psychology #OpenSource #MicroPython

pyControl is a system of open source hardware and software for controlling behavioral experiments in neuroscience and psychology, built around the MicroPython microcontroller.

pyControl makes it easy to program complex behavioral tasks using a clean, intuitive, and flexible syntax for specifying tasks as state machines. User created task definition files, written in Python, run directly on the microcontroller, supported by pyControl framework code. This gives users the power and simplicity of Python for specifying task behavior, while allowing low-level access to the microcontroller hardware directly from task code.

pyControl hardware consists of a breakout board and a set of devices such as nose-pokes, audio boards, LED drivers, rotary encoders and stepper motor controllers that are connected to the breakout board to create behavioral setups. Assembled pyControl hardware is available from the OpenEphys store.

pyControl has a Graphical User Interface for controlling experiments and visualizing behavior.

You can read more about the project in the paper here and documentation on ReadTheDocs.


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