Automatic Progress Bar

jsPsych can show a progress bar at the top of the experiment page indicating the subject's overall completion progress. The progress bar is rendered outside the jsPsych display element, and it requires the jspsych.css file to be loaded on the page. As of version 6.0, the progress bar looks like this:

Progressbar Screenshot

To show the progress bar, set the show_progress_bar option in jsPsych.init to true:

jsPsych.init({
    timeline: exp,
    show_progress_bar: true
});

The progress bar updates after every node on the top-level timeline updates. This avoids distracting updates in the middle of trials that are composed of multiple plugins, or confusing updates due to looping or conditional structures that may or may not execute depending on the actions of the subject. This also allows some flexibility for the programmer; by nesting timelines in a deliberate manner, the timing of progress bar updates can be controlled.

Manual Control

The progress bar can also be manually controlled using the function jsPsych.setProgressBar(). This function takes a numeric value between 0 and 1, representing the proportion of the progress bar to fill.

var trial = {
    type: 'html-keyboard-response',
    stimulus: 'Almost done...',
    on_finish: function(){
        jsPsych.setProgressBar(0.85); // set progress bar to 85% full.
    }
}

If you are going to use manual progress bar control, you may want to disable the automatic progress bar updates by setting the auto_update_progress_bar property in jsPsych.init() to false.

jsPsych.init({
    timeline: exp,
    show_progress_bar: true,
    auto_update_progress_bar: false
});