This plugin plays audio files and records responses generated with a button click.

If the browser supports it, audio files are played using the WebAudio API.This allows for reasonably precise timing of the playback. The timing of responses generated is measured against the WebAudio specific clock, improving the measurement of response times. If the browser does not support the WebAudio API, then the audio file is played with HTML5 audio. Audio files are automatically preloaded by jsPsych.

The trial can end when the subject responds, or if the subject has failed to respond within a fixed length of time.


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
stimulus audio file undefined Audio file to be played
labels array of strings Labels displayed at equidistant locations on the slider. For example, two labels will be placed at the ends of the slider. Three labels would place two at the ends and one in the middle. Four will place two at the ends, and the other two will be at 33% and 67% of the slider width.
button_label string 'Continue' Label of the button to end the trial.
min integer 0 Sets the minimum value of the slider
max integer 100 Sets the maximum value of the slider
start integer 50 Sets the starting value of the slider
step integer 1 Sets the step of the slider. This is the smallest amount by which the slider can change.
prompt string null This string can contain HTML markup. Any content here will be displayed below the stimulus. The intention is that it can be used to provide a reminder about the action the subject is supposed to take (e.g., which key to press).
trial_duration numeric null How long to wait for the subject to make a response before ending the trial in milliseconds. If the subject fails to make a response before this timer is reached, the subject's response will be recorded as null for the trial and the trial will end. If the value of this parameter is null, then the trial will wait for a response indefinitely.
response_ends_trial boolean true If true, then the trial will end whenever the subject makes a response (assuming they make their response before the cutoff specified by the timing_response parameter). If false, then the trial will continue until the value for trial_duration is reached. You can use this parameter to force the subject to listen to the stimulus for a fixed amount of time, even if they respond before the time is complete.

Data Generated

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

Name Type Value
response numeric The numeric value of the slider.
rt numeric The time in milliseconds for the subject to make a response. The time is measured from when the stimulus first appears on the screen until the subject's response.
stimulus string The path of the audio file that was played.


A simple rating scale

var trial_1 = {
    type: 'audio-slider-response',
    stimulus: 'sound/speech_joke.mp3',
    labels: ['Not Funny', 'Funny'],
    prompt: '<p>How funny is the joke?</p>'