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Current version: 1.1.1. See version history.

This plugin executes a specified function. This allows the experimenter to run arbitrary code at any point during the experiment.

The function cannot take any arguments. If arguments are needed, then an anonymous function should be used to wrap the function call (see examples below).


In addition to the parameters available in all plugins, this plugin accepts the following parameters. Parameters with a default value of undefined must be specified. Other parameters can be left unspecified if the default value is acceptable.

Parameter Type Default Value Description
func function undefined The function to call.
async boolean false Set to true if func is an asynchoronous function. If this is true, then the first argument passed to func will be a callback that you should call when the async operation is complete. You can pass data to the callback. See example below.

Data Generated

In addition to the default data collected by all plugins, this plugin collects the following data for each trial.

Name Type Value
value any The return value of the called function.


Using the CDN-hosted JavaScript file:

<script src=""></script>

Using the JavaScript file downloaded from a GitHub release dist archive:

<script src="jspsych/plugin-call-function.js"></script>

Using NPM:

npm install @jspsych/plugin-call-function
import callFunction from '@jspsych/plugin-call-function';


Calling a simple function
var myfunc = function() {
    return 'you called?';

var trial = {
    type: jsPsychCallFunction,
    func: myfunc

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Using an anonymous function to pass variables
var myfunc = function(data){
    // data contains all the experiment data so far,
    // so this function could implement code to write
    // the data to a database.

var trial = {
    type: jsPsychCallFunction,
    func: function(){ myfunc( }

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Async function call: wait for data to be saved to a server

There's no demo for this code, because it requires a server to communicate with.

var trial = {
    type: jsPsychCallFunction,
    async: true,
    func: function(done){
        // can perform async operations here like
        // creating an XMLHttpRequest to communicate
        // with a server
        var xhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
        xhttp.onreadystatechange = function() {
            if (this.readyState == 4 && this.status == 200) {
                var response_data = xhttp.responseText;
                // line below is what causes jsPsych to 
                // continue to next trial. response_data
                // will be stored in jsPsych data object.
        };"GET", "path_to_server_script.php", true);

Async function call: simulate waiting for an event to finish
var trial = {
    type: jsPsychCallFunction,
    async: true,
    func: function(done){
        // generate a delay between 1500 and 3000 milliseconds to simulate  
        // waiting for an event to finish after an unknown duration,
        // then move on with the experiment
        var rand_delay = (Math.floor(Math.random() * (3000 - 1500 + 1) + 1500));
        jsPsych.pluginAPI.setTimeout(function() {
            // end the trial and save the delay duration to the data
        }, rand_delay)

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