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							'READING THE MIND IN FILMS' - Child Version

Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. ( for Millisecond Software, LLC
Date: 08-18-2016
last updated: 04-11-2017 by K.Borchert ( for Millisecond Software LLC

Script Copyright © 04-11-2017 Millisecond Software


This script implements a computerized version of the "Reading the Mind in Films Task" (Child Version) by:

Ofer Golan, Simon Baron-Cohen & Yael Golan (2008). The ‘Reading the Mind in Films’ Task [Child Version]: 
Complex Emotion and Mental State Recognition in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Conditions.
J Autism Dev Disord (2008) 38:1534–1541.

O. Golan, S. Baron-Cohen, J.J. Hill and Y. Golan, (2006)
The 'Reading the Mind in Films' Task: complex emotion recognition in adults with and without autism spectrum conditions
Social Neuroscience,1 (2), 111-123.

Films can be downloaded from:
for genuine research purposes and acknowledgement of the ARC (Autism Research Centre - Cambridge University) as the source

Participants view 22 film clips (+ 1 practice) and are asked to select one of 4 possible adjectives to describe the
emotion of one of the characters. 

The default data stored in the data files are:

(1) Raw data file: 'ReadingMindInFilm_Child_raw*.iqdat' (a separate file for each participant)*

build:							Inquisit build
computer.platform:				the platform the script was run on
date, time, subject, group:		date and time script was run with the current subject/groupnumber 
blockcode, blocknum:			the name and number of the current block
trialcode, trialnum: 			the name and number of the currently recorded trial
									(Note: not all trials that are run might record data; by default data is collected unless /recorddata = false is set for a particular trial/block) 
/movie:							stores the movie currently presented
4 x stimulusitem:				the presented stimuli in order of trial presentation
/correctResponse:				stores the correct response (A-D)
response:						the participant's response (A-D)
correct:						the correctness of the response (1 = correct; 0 = incorrect)
latency: 						the response latency (in ms)

(2) Summary data file: 'ReadingMindInFilm_Child_summary*.iqdat' (a separate file for each participant)*

script.startdate:				date script was run
script.starttime:				time script was started
script.subjectid:				subject id number
script.groupid:					group id number
script.elapsedtime:				time it took to run script (in ms)
computer.platform:				the platform the script was run on
/completed:						0 = script was not completed (prematurely aborted); 1 = script was completed (all conditions run)
/propCorrect:					proportion correct selections
/meanRT:						mean latency (in ms) of correct selections
/SD_RT:							standard deviation (in ms) of correct selection latencies 

* separate data files: to change to one data file for all participants (on Inquisit Lab only), go to section
"DATA" and follow further instructions

* 24 short film clips (+ 1 practice clip)
-> order of films is the same for each participant (sequential sampling)
* Trial Sequence:
a) presentation of next target question + answer choices (continues upon Spacebar press)
b) presentation of film (+ presentation of target question + answer choices) (continues once movie ends)
c) Response collection via mouse click (optional definition handout presented on screen -> see Editable Parameters)
Note: Definition Handout (of the adjectives) provided with this script

Films and Materials made available for genuine research by ARC (Autism Research Centre - Cambridge University) at:

Instructions made available for genuine research by ARC (Autism Research Centre - Cambridge University) at:
(minimal edits for this script)

check below for (relatively) easily editable parameters, stimuli, instructions etc. 
Keep in mind that you can use this script as a template and therefore always "mess" with the entire code to further customize your experiment.

The parameters you can change are:

/showDefinitionHandout:			true: the Definition Handout is automatically presented as an htm-stimulus on screen anytime participants are asked to select a word
								false: no Definition Handout is automatically presented (default)
								Note: an Excel file of the Definition Handout by is provided with the script

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