About us
Mission statement

“To improve the research methods used by those involved in computer-based experimentation and investigation within the behavioural and brain sciences.”

Company profile
The Black Box Toolkit Ltd is dedicated to improving the timing accuracy and experimental rigor of researchers in the behavioural and brain sciences. We provide hardware, software and consultancy solutions across a wide range of fields that make use of computerized investigation in order to make this a reality.

Dr Richard R. Plant
BSc (Hons) in Psychology
PhD Psychology
BPS Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
Science Council Chartered Scientist (CSci)
BPS Associate Fellow (AFBPsS)
Consulting editor for BRM specializing in computer-based research methods


Contact us

PO Box 3802
S25 9AG


+44 (0)114 303 00 56


+44 (0)114 303 46 56




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Company history
The Black Box Toolkit Ltd was founded by Dr Richard R. Plant in 2003 when it became evident that researchers were frequently having problems obtaining stable results in computer-based paradigms. Investigation revealed that stability and replication issues affected many paradigms to a greater or lesser extent.

However, it was realized that merely testing software in a lab did not reflect what researchers were doing with their own equipment and paradigms. In fact, it is now a well-documented fact that timing varies and interacts with the individual hardware used. Thus making it hard to single out one experiment generator, or platform, over another. What was needed was an inexpensive kit that enables researchers to quickly and easily check their own paradigms, in-situ and without modification. To this end, we spent over three years developing and refining the Black Box Toolkit.

Our hope is that members of the academic community will begin to take presentation and response timing issues more seriously and will endeavour to correct any errors in their own work. Furthermore, figures for timing reliability should be stated within published journal articles as a matter of course. We also hope that awareness of the issues involved should be incorporated into degree teaching.

The Black Box Toolkit is a Limited Company registered in England since 2003.


Live personalised demos
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