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Hello Everyone, 

I've downloaded Inquisit lab 5 , the BART, and the BART-Y scripts. Everything runs well, but I would like to add a small counter to the upper right hand corner of the BART task screen . 
What I would like is a basic counter that starts as soon as the subject starts the task, and counts down from 10:00 minutes (or 15:00) to 00:00. Once it hits 00:00, I would like the numbers to turn red. 

Does anyone have any pointers they could give me on how to do this?
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Brainsrule - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Hello Everyone, 

I've downloaded Inquisit lab 5 , the BART, and the BART-Y scripts. Everything runs well, but I would like to add a small counter to the upper right hand corner of the BART task screen . 
What I would like is a basic counter that starts as soon as the subject starts the task, and counts down from 10:00 minutes (or 15:00) to 00:00. Once it hits 00:00, I would like the numbers to turn red. 

Does anyone have any pointers they could give me on how to do this?

You'll want to add a <clock> element to the script and display it (probably via the <block>'s /bgstim). Configure it to count down from the desired amount of time.

https://www.millisecond.com/support/docs/v5/html/language/elements/clock.htm

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Brainsrule - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Hello Everyone, 

I've downloaded Inquisit lab 5 , the BART, and the BART-Y scripts. Everything runs well, but I would like to add a small counter to the upper right hand corner of the BART task screen . 
What I would like is a basic counter that starts as soon as the subject starts the task, and counts down from 10:00 minutes (or 15:00) to 00:00. Once it hits 00:00, I would like the numbers to turn red. 

Does anyone have any pointers they could give me on how to do this?

You'll want to add a <clock> element to the script and display it (probably via the <block>'s /bgstim). Configure it to count down from the desired amount of time.

https://www.millisecond.com/support/docs/v5/html/language/elements/clock.htm

So I wrote this :
<clock timer>
/ format = "mm :ss"
/ mode = timer
/ erase = false
/ monitor = 1
/ position = (50%, 10%)
/ resetrate = block
/ timeout = 600000
/ txbgcolor = black
/ txcolor = red
/ vposition = 5
/ hposition = 95
</clock>

and when i run element I can see the output exactly as I want it, but when I try run it in the test monkey, I see nothing. What may be the problem, is it not displaying properly with the BART images ? 

Also, how do I exit out early from the test monkey and an experiment- I tried the Esc key and it did not work

Thank you very much for your help
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Brainsrule - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Dave - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Brainsrule - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Hello Everyone, 

I've downloaded Inquisit lab 5 , the BART, and the BART-Y scripts. Everything runs well, but I would like to add a small counter to the upper right hand corner of the BART task screen . 
What I would like is a basic counter that starts as soon as the subject starts the task, and counts down from 10:00 minutes (or 15:00) to 00:00. Once it hits 00:00, I would like the numbers to turn red. 

Does anyone have any pointers they could give me on how to do this?

You'll want to add a <clock> element to the script and display it (probably via the <block>'s /bgstim). Configure it to count down from the desired amount of time.

https://www.millisecond.com/support/docs/v5/html/language/elements/clock.htm

So I wrote this :
<clock timer>
/ format = "mm :ss"
/ mode = timer
/ erase = false
/ monitor = 1
/ position = (50%, 10%)
/ resetrate = block
/ timeout = 600000
/ txbgcolor = black
/ txcolor = red
/ vposition = 5
/ hposition = 95
</clock>

and when i run element I can see the output exactly as I want it, but when I try run it in the test monkey, I see nothing. What may be the problem, is it not displaying properly with the BART images ? 

Also, how do I exit out early from the test monkey and an experiment- I tried the Esc key and it did not work

Thank you very much for your help

A <clock> element is a stimulus element just like <text>, <picture>, etc.

Merely adding a stimulus element to a script is not enough. You also need to instruct the script (when / how) to display it by adding it to the <trial>s' /stimulustimes or -frames, or -- in your case -- a <block>'s /bgstim attribute.

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
</block>

The key combination to terminate an experiment is CTRL+Q. Pressing ESC is not supposed to end a script.

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Brainsrule - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Hello Everyone, 

I've downloaded Inquisit lab 5 , the BART, and the BART-Y scripts. Everything runs well, but I would like to add a small counter to the upper right hand corner of the BART task screen . 
What I would like is a basic counter that starts as soon as the subject starts the task, and counts down from 10:00 minutes (or 15:00) to 00:00. Once it hits 00:00, I would like the numbers to turn red. 

Does anyone have any pointers they could give me on how to do this?

You'll want to add a <clock> element to the script and display it (probably via the <block>'s /bgstim). Configure it to count down from the desired amount of time.

https://www.millisecond.com/support/docs/v5/html/language/elements/clock.htm

So I wrote this :
<clock timer>
/ format = "mm :ss"
/ mode = timer
/ erase = false
/ monitor = 1
/ position = (50%, 10%)
/ resetrate = block
/ timeout = 600000
/ txbgcolor = black
/ txcolor = red
/ vposition = 5
/ hposition = 95
</clock>

and when i run element I can see the output exactly as I want it, but when I try run it in the test monkey, I see nothing. What may be the problem, is it not displaying properly with the BART images ? 

Also, how do I exit out early from the test monkey and an experiment- I tried the Esc key and it did not work

Thank you very much for your help

A <clock> element is a stimulus element just like <text>, <picture>, etc.

Merely adding a stimulus element to a script is not enough. You also need to instruct the script (when / how) to display it by adding it to the <trial>s' /stimulustimes or -frames, or -- in your case -- a <block>'s /bgstim attribute.

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
</block>

The key combination to terminate an experiment is CTRL+Q. Pressing ESC is not supposed to end a script.

P.S.: If you do not wish the timer to start with the instructions, but only with the 1st balloon:

#1: Remove the two instructions trials at the start of <block BART>, i.e. change

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
/ trials = [1-2=instructions; 3=init; 4=instructions]
...
</block>

to

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
/ trials = [1=init; 2=instructions]
...
</block>

and 

#2: Put the instructions trials in a separate <block> instead.

<block instructions>
/ trials = [1-2=instructions]
</block>

Finally,

#3: Add the new instructions block to the <expt>:

<expt BART>
...
/ blocks = [1=instructions; 2=BART; 2=summary]
...
</expt>

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Dave - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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Brainsrule - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Dave - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Brainsrule - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Hello Everyone, 

I've downloaded Inquisit lab 5 , the BART, and the BART-Y scripts. Everything runs well, but I would like to add a small counter to the upper right hand corner of the BART task screen . 
What I would like is a basic counter that starts as soon as the subject starts the task, and counts down from 10:00 minutes (or 15:00) to 00:00. Once it hits 00:00, I would like the numbers to turn red. 

Does anyone have any pointers they could give me on how to do this?

You'll want to add a <clock> element to the script and display it (probably via the <block>'s /bgstim). Configure it to count down from the desired amount of time.

https://www.millisecond.com/support/docs/v5/html/language/elements/clock.htm

So I wrote this :
<clock timer>
/ format = "mm :ss"
/ mode = timer
/ erase = false
/ monitor = 1
/ position = (50%, 10%)
/ resetrate = block
/ timeout = 600000
/ txbgcolor = black
/ txcolor = red
/ vposition = 5
/ hposition = 95
</clock>

and when i run element I can see the output exactly as I want it, but when I try run it in the test monkey, I see nothing. What may be the problem, is it not displaying properly with the BART images ? 

Also, how do I exit out early from the test monkey and an experiment- I tried the Esc key and it did not work

Thank you very much for your help

A <clock> element is a stimulus element just like <text>, <picture>, etc.

Merely adding a stimulus element to a script is not enough. You also need to instruct the script (when / how) to display it by adding it to the <trial>s' /stimulustimes or -frames, or -- in your case -- a <block>'s /bgstim attribute.

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
</block>

The key combination to terminate an experiment is CTRL+Q. Pressing ESC is not supposed to end a script.

P.S.: If you do not wish the timer to start with the instructions, but only with the 1st balloon:

#1: Remove the two instructions trials at the start of <block BART>, i.e. change

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
/ trials = [1-2=instructions; 3=init; 4=instructions]
...
</block>

to

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
/ trials = [1=init; 2=instructions]
...
</block>

and 

#2: Put the instructions trials in a separate <block> instead.

<block instructions>
/ trials = [1-2=instructions]
</block>

Finally,

#3: Add the new instructions block to the <expt>:

<expt BART>
...
/ blocks = [1=instructions; 2=BART; 2=summary]
...
</expt>

Perfect, it works! I did not realize it was a stimulus element as well. 

Thank you for your help
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Dave - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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Brainsrule - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Dave - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Brainsrule - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Hello Everyone, 

I've downloaded Inquisit lab 5 , the BART, and the BART-Y scripts. Everything runs well, but I would like to add a small counter to the upper right hand corner of the BART task screen . 
What I would like is a basic counter that starts as soon as the subject starts the task, and counts down from 10:00 minutes (or 15:00) to 00:00. Once it hits 00:00, I would like the numbers to turn red. 

Does anyone have any pointers they could give me on how to do this?

You'll want to add a <clock> element to the script and display it (probably via the <block>'s /bgstim). Configure it to count down from the desired amount of time.

https://www.millisecond.com/support/docs/v5/html/language/elements/clock.htm

So I wrote this :
<clock timer>
/ format = "mm :ss"
/ mode = timer
/ erase = false
/ monitor = 1
/ position = (50%, 10%)
/ resetrate = block
/ timeout = 600000
/ txbgcolor = black
/ txcolor = red
/ vposition = 5
/ hposition = 95
</clock>

and when i run element I can see the output exactly as I want it, but when I try run it in the test monkey, I see nothing. What may be the problem, is it not displaying properly with the BART images ? 

Also, how do I exit out early from the test monkey and an experiment- I tried the Esc key and it did not work

Thank you very much for your help

A <clock> element is a stimulus element just like <text>, <picture>, etc.

Merely adding a stimulus element to a script is not enough. You also need to instruct the script (when / how) to display it by adding it to the <trial>s' /stimulustimes or -frames, or -- in your case -- a <block>'s /bgstim attribute.

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
</block>

The key combination to terminate an experiment is CTRL+Q. Pressing ESC is not supposed to end a script.

P.S.: If you do not wish the timer to start with the instructions, but only with the 1st balloon:

#1: Remove the two instructions trials at the start of <block BART>, i.e. change

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
/ trials = [1-2=instructions; 3=init; 4=instructions]
...
</block>

to

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
/ trials = [1=init; 2=instructions]
...
</block>

and 

#2: Put the instructions trials in a separate <block> instead.

<block instructions>
/ trials = [1-2=instructions]
</block>

Finally,

#3: Add the new instructions block to the <expt>:

<expt BART>
...
/ blocks = [1=instructions; 2=BART; 2=summary]
...
</expt>

Hello, 

I just have one more question: How do I put edit this for the BART-Y ? Right now I have the timer code added, and what happens is when I hit 'run', it skips the instructions and goes straight to the task with the timer.


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Brainsrule - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Hello Everyone, 

I've downloaded Inquisit lab 5 , the BART, and the BART-Y scripts. Everything runs well, but I would like to add a small counter to the upper right hand corner of the BART task screen . 
What I would like is a basic counter that starts as soon as the subject starts the task, and counts down from 10:00 minutes (or 15:00) to 00:00. Once it hits 00:00, I would like the numbers to turn red. 

Does anyone have any pointers they could give me on how to do this?

You'll want to add a <clock> element to the script and display it (probably via the <block>'s /bgstim). Configure it to count down from the desired amount of time.

https://www.millisecond.com/support/docs/v5/html/language/elements/clock.htm

So I wrote this :
<clock timer>
/ format = "mm :ss"
/ mode = timer
/ erase = false
/ monitor = 1
/ position = (50%, 10%)
/ resetrate = block
/ timeout = 600000
/ txbgcolor = black
/ txcolor = red
/ vposition = 5
/ hposition = 95
</clock>

and when i run element I can see the output exactly as I want it, but when I try run it in the test monkey, I see nothing. What may be the problem, is it not displaying properly with the BART images ? 

Also, how do I exit out early from the test monkey and an experiment- I tried the Esc key and it did not work

Thank you very much for your help

A <clock> element is a stimulus element just like <text>, <picture>, etc.

Merely adding a stimulus element to a script is not enough. You also need to instruct the script (when / how) to display it by adding it to the <trial>s' /stimulustimes or -frames, or -- in your case -- a <block>'s /bgstim attribute.

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
</block>

The key combination to terminate an experiment is CTRL+Q. Pressing ESC is not supposed to end a script.

P.S.: If you do not wish the timer to start with the instructions, but only with the 1st balloon:

#1: Remove the two instructions trials at the start of <block BART>, i.e. change

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
/ trials = [1-2=instructions; 3=init; 4=instructions]
...
</block>

to

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
/ trials = [1=init; 2=instructions]
...
</block>

and 

#2: Put the instructions trials in a separate <block> instead.

<block instructions>
/ trials = [1-2=instructions]
</block>

Finally,

#3: Add the new instructions block to the <expt>:

<expt BART>
...
/ blocks = [1=instructions; 2=BART; 2=summary]
...
</expt>

Hello, 

I just have one more question: How do I put edit this for the BART-Y ? Right now I have the timer code added, and what happens is when I hit 'run', it skips the instructions and goes straight to the task with the timer.


So I have this: 
<expt BARTY>

/ blocks = [2=BARTY; 2=summary]
/ onexptbegin = [
if ( !parameters.showpumpcount )
text.pumpcount.textcolor= white;
if ( !parameters.showballooncount )
text.countballoon.textcolor = white;
]
/ blocks = [
1=BARTY;
2 = summary;
]
/ onexptend = [values.completed = 1]
</expt>

and this : 


<block BARTY>
/ onblockbegin = [
values.balloonwidth = 0.3 * display.width;
values.balloonheight = 0.3 * display.height;
]
/ bgstim = (timer)
/ trials = [1=init; 2=instructions_text]
/ stop = [trial.init.trialcount > parameters.totalballoons]
</block>

<block summary>
/ trials = [1=instructions_text; 2 = showmeter]
</block>




*************
Timer
*************
<clock timer>
/ format = "mm :ss"
/ mode = timer
/ erase = false
/ monitor = 1
/ position = (50%, 10%)
/ resetrate = block
/ timeout = 600000
/ txbgcolor = black
/ txcolor = red
/ vposition = 5
/ hposition = 95
</clock>

*************


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Brainsrule - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Hello Everyone, 

I've downloaded Inquisit lab 5 , the BART, and the BART-Y scripts. Everything runs well, but I would like to add a small counter to the upper right hand corner of the BART task screen . 
What I would like is a basic counter that starts as soon as the subject starts the task, and counts down from 10:00 minutes (or 15:00) to 00:00. Once it hits 00:00, I would like the numbers to turn red. 

Does anyone have any pointers they could give me on how to do this?

You'll want to add a <clock> element to the script and display it (probably via the <block>'s /bgstim). Configure it to count down from the desired amount of time.

https://www.millisecond.com/support/docs/v5/html/language/elements/clock.htm

So I wrote this :
<clock timer>
/ format = "mm :ss"
/ mode = timer
/ erase = false
/ monitor = 1
/ position = (50%, 10%)
/ resetrate = block
/ timeout = 600000
/ txbgcolor = black
/ txcolor = red
/ vposition = 5
/ hposition = 95
</clock>

and when i run element I can see the output exactly as I want it, but when I try run it in the test monkey, I see nothing. What may be the problem, is it not displaying properly with the BART images ? 

Also, how do I exit out early from the test monkey and an experiment- I tried the Esc key and it did not work

Thank you very much for your help

A <clock> element is a stimulus element just like <text>, <picture>, etc.

Merely adding a stimulus element to a script is not enough. You also need to instruct the script (when / how) to display it by adding it to the <trial>s' /stimulustimes or -frames, or -- in your case -- a <block>'s /bgstim attribute.

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
</block>

The key combination to terminate an experiment is CTRL+Q. Pressing ESC is not supposed to end a script.

P.S.: If you do not wish the timer to start with the instructions, but only with the 1st balloon:

#1: Remove the two instructions trials at the start of <block BART>, i.e. change

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
/ trials = [1-2=instructions; 3=init; 4=instructions]
...
</block>

to

<block BART>
/ bgstim = (timer)
...
/ trials = [1=init; 2=instructions]
...
</block>

and 

#2: Put the instructions trials in a separate <block> instead.

<block instructions>
/ trials = [1-2=instructions]
</block>

Finally,

#3: Add the new instructions block to the <expt>:

<expt BART>
...
/ blocks = [1=instructions; 2=BART; 2=summary]
...
</expt>

Hello, 

I just have one more question: How do I put edit this for the BART-Y ? Right now I have the timer code added, and what happens is when I hit 'run', it skips the instructions and goes straight to the task with the timer.


So I have this: 
<expt BARTY>

/ blocks = [2=BARTY; 2=summary]
/ onexptbegin = [
if ( !parameters.showpumpcount )
text.pumpcount.textcolor= white;
if ( !parameters.showballooncount )
text.countballoon.textcolor = white;
]
/ blocks = [
1=BARTY;
2 = summary;
]
/ onexptend = [values.completed = 1]
</expt>

and this : 


<block BARTY>
/ onblockbegin = [
values.balloonwidth = 0.3 * display.width;
values.balloonheight = 0.3 * display.height;
]
/ bgstim = (timer)
/ trials = [1=init; 2=instructions_text]
/ stop = [trial.init.trialcount > parameters.totalballoons]
</block>

<block summary>
/ trials = [1=instructions_text; 2 = showmeter]
</block>




*************
Timer
*************
<clock timer>
/ format = "mm :ss"
/ mode = timer
/ erase = false
/ monitor = 1
/ position = (50%, 10%)
/ resetrate = block
/ timeout = 600000
/ txbgcolor = black
/ txcolor = red
/ vposition = 5
/ hposition = 95
</clock>

*************


As with the regular BART, you need to add an additional <block> that displays the instructions trials and then include that new <block> in the <expt>'s /blocks attribute.

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Hello,
I'm also using Inquisit 5. My problem related to the timer is that it will not run until after all the stimuli are presented. Specifically, I would like participants to work on a word puzzle for 3 minutes while they can see a timer counting down from 3-min. However, if some finish early, they can move on to the next phase by clicking on Continue after 30s. It all works fine in Inquisit 6, but when I set it up in Inquisit 5, the timer will not change after until 30s has passed. Basically, from 3:00 - 2:30, the clock will not change. Any suggestions?


<html wordsearch>
/ items = ("word search.html")
/ position = (35, 50)
/ size = (80%, 80%)
</html>

<clock timer>
/ mode = timer
/ resetrate = block
/ txcolor = black
/ txbgcolor = cadetblue
/ timeout = 180000
/ position = (90%, 90%)
/ format = "mm:ss"
/ size = (5%, 5%)
</clock>

<text Continue>
/ items = ("Continue")
/ size = (10%, 5%)
/ position = (50%, 95%)
/ txbgcolor = grey
/ vjustify = center
</text>

<trial wordsearch>
/ stimulustimes = [1=wordsearch,timer;30000=Continue]
/ timeout = 180000
/ inputdevice = mouse
/ validresponse = (Continue)
</trial>

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