This page will form a collection of computing/psychology-related links, organised by relatively arbitrary yet hopefully reasonably sensible categories; this is very much a work-in-progress. Categories at the top of the page are more general, those at the bottom are more specifically psychology/neuroscience related.
If you come across any broken or wrong links, or would like me to include something that isn’t here, please let me know by posting a comment.
Gmail – If you’re not already using Gmail, you need to switch.
Feedly – Great, web-based RSS reader. Keep up with everything.
Wikipedia – Our collective backup brain.
IMDB.com – Our collective backup brain for really important information.
Powwownow – Very nice, simple, free telephone/web/video conferencing service.
Academic Internet things
ISI Web of Knowledge
CrossRef – Look up Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for articles.
APA Style Homepage
Microsoft Academic Search – Actually surprisingly worthwhile, with some very cool visualisation features: you can view Academic Maps, look at co-author graphs, look at subject-trends over time, and it’ll even calculate your Erdős number for you.
JANE (Journal Author Name Estimator) – Paste your abstract in the text box, and it tells you which journal is the best fit for your paper. Neat-o.
Figshare – Platform for publishing manuscripts, data, anything really; and making it citable.
General, useful applications
OpenOffice – A free version of Microsoft Office – includes word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications. Really good, and can read/write the standard MS office file formats.
NeoOffice – Another free MS Office-replacement suite of tools. Mac only.
Scrivener – Writing application that a lot of pro’s swear by for long-form writing jobs.
WinRAR – The essential archiving/compressing/decompressing tool.
VLC player – Plays absolutely any kind of audio/video file without having to install codecs.
Google Chrome web browser – Shame on you if you’re still using IE. Chrome syncs your bookmarks with your Google account, which is awesome.
AVG Free Anti-Virus – Consistently independently rated as better than commercial products. Dump that ghastly Norton resource-hog bloatware that came with your PC and use this instead.
Foxit Reader – Lightweight, very fast PDF reader.
Dexpot – Creates virtual desktops on PCs, similar to ‘spaces’ in OS X. Great for serious multitasking on laptop screens.
nSpaces – Another free virtual desktop app for Windows.
Helge’s Switchblade – Free, incredible collection of diagnostic/recovery tools for Windows. Essential if you have a messed-up computer to fix.
Recuva – Free undeletion/file-recovery tool for Windows. Potential life-saver!
CCleaner – Excellent cleaning/privacy tool. Free version available.
EaseUS – Free undeletion/recovery software for Macs.
Disk Drill – Another free Mac recovery tool.
AutoHotkey – Incredibly useful little scripting language which can automate, swap inputs (between keyboard/mouse/joysticks/whatever) and do lots of fun stuff. Windows only, but free.
iRAPP – Software that allows you to run a ‘virtual’ Mac or remote desktop on a PC. Very cool.
No Machine – Free remote-desktop client/server system. Really good.
General Web Apps/Tools
Dropbox – Back your stuff up. Seriously.
PDFEscape (Incredibly handy online PDF editor)
7-PDF (Convert almost any file format to PDF)
Microsoft Office web apps
Prezi – Create really impressive zoomy-spacey online presentations
Doodle – Really easy to use scheduling system
GOQR.me – Creates QR codes from text, URLs, etc.
SlideRocket – Make presentations online
Zentation – Syncs video of a presenter with powerpoint slides for posting talks online
FreeFileConvert and Zamzar – Two really handy sites that let you convert between multiple image, text, audio, video and other formats. Really awesomely useful.
KeepVid – Really useful site that lets you rip video from popular sites like YouTube and Vimeo
Bit.ly – URL shortener
Net2FTP – Web-based FTP client – very handy for managing website content
Byet – Free online web hosting
IFTTT – If this, then that – automates many common tasks using web-apps (e.g. copy facebook photos to dropbox, send a tweet every time you post a new blog, etc.).
Free Online OCR – Optical Character Recognition (converts pics/PDFs to text) site that works really well.
citethisforme.com – Creates citations in various styles from inputting data into fields – useful for learning good citation formats.
Reference Management Software
Mendeley If you only click on one link on this page, make it this one.
Zotero – Also highly recommended.
PaperPile – Another good option. Lives as a Chrome extension and uses Google Drive for online storage of PDFs. Neat.
Paperpile (currently in beta, but looks really promising)
ReadCube – PDF manager with emphasis on recommendations and discoverability. Free, but ‘pro’ version allows cloud backup.
Excellent Wikipedia page with a frighteningly comprehensive list of Reference Management software
Tegrity – Automated lecture capture. Not free.
Panopto – Another lecture capture/recording system – commercial software too.
Camtasia Relay – Another commercial presentation-recorder.
Matterhorn – Open-source version of the above. Lots of powerful features, but Linux only.
Galicaster – Similar system, also open-source, also Linux only.
Zentation – Syncs video of a presenter with powerpoint slides for posting talks/lectures online
Graphics/Image Tools and Software
Pixlr Editor – Really great online image editor
Photoshop Express Editor – Basic online editor, from Adobe
Sumopaint – Another really powerful online editor
Picfull – Online editor with Instagram-style effects. For hipsters, basically.
Skitch – Easy image mark-up/annotation
Aviary Web An amazing image editor that can be embedded in any website
ColorExplorer – Fantastic set of tools for creating beautiful colour palettes
Gimp – Fantastic, and incredibly feature-rich free alternative to Adobe Photoshop
Inkscape – Open-source vector graphics editor – free alternative to Adobe Illustrator
LucidChart – Really great online tool for creating flow-chart-like diagrams
Adobe Photoshop – Industry standard for photo manipulation.
Adobe Illustrator – Vector graphics program. Great for designing academic posters.
CorelDraw – Another vector drawing program. Widely-used.
Facegen – Incredible program for creating/manipulating human face images.
IrfanView – Simple but powerful viewer/basic editor.
Scribus – Good free alternative to Adobe InDesign – creates magazine/newspaper page layouts. Good for making e-books too.
Blender – Incredibly powerful, open-source, free application for 3D modelling, animation, compositing and general 3D-craziness. Not to be confused with Blendr.
Synfig Studio – open-source 2D animation software – good free replacement for Adobe Flash.
MakeHuman – Super-cool, free, open-source software for 3D modelling of human bodies and faces. Utterly awesome.
Audio/Video Editing, Creation and processing
Audacity – Great free sound recorder/editor
Audiotool – Impressive browser-based online sound editor
Reaper – Professional-grade digital audio workstation system, at an awesomely cheap price.
LMMS – Free, cross-platform music-production system – a bit like FL studio.
FileLab Audio Editor – Free, online audio editor – good for quick jobs.
SoundCloud – Like YouTube, but just umm… for sound. Better than that makes it sound.
CheckVocal – Software that automates processing of experimental sound-files from naming experiments. Works with DMDX presentation software.
STRAIGHT – A speech analysis, modification, and synthesis system for Matlab. Awesome.
Windows Live Movie Maker – Surprisingly powerful, although somewhat hobbled by the lack of output options.
KDEnlive – Really powerful and intuitive video editor (Mac/Linux only). Free! Open-source!
Avidemux – Free, open-source, cross-platform system with a simple interface; good for beginners. Probably best option for windows users.
VirtualDub – Good editing tool. Only handles AVI and MPEG-4 files though.
VideoLAN Movie Creator – Good simple, free, editing system from the VLC developers.
Lightworks – Commercial (but cheap) movie editor, which has a really good free version.
Wax – Old but good (and free) video compositing/special effects software.
Handbrake – The Grand-daddy of video ripping/encoding/conversion tools. Apple-optimised.
MediaCoder – A very powerful converter, with lots of options, that handles a huge number of formats. Fast too.
DVDFab – Cross-platform, shareware DVD-ripper.
MakeMKV – Squashes DVDs down into the highly compressed MKV format. Totally free, Windows only.
Tracker – Video analysis and modelling software. Very cool.
Blog publishing and website-design
Kompozer – HTML/web-authoring tool. Good free replacement for Adobe Dreamweaver.
Academic(ish) Lecture Sites
Create/Run Online Surveys
IBM SPSS – The ‘industry standard’ for statistical analysis.
The R project for statistical computing – Becoming very popular. Free, open-source.
Deducer – A graphical user interface (GUI) for R.
R-Commander – Another R GUI.
R-Studio – An integrated development environment for R. Popular.
PSPP – A free package, designed to look/work very much like SPSS, and that can even run SPSS code! Cool!
SAS – Commercial stats software for those of a more technical mindset
SYSTAT – Commercial package with an emphasis on plotting.
Matlab – …Obviously
Red-R – Visual programming in R.
Graphe-R – A nice GUI front-end for accessing R’s graphing functions.
Rattle – Another R GUI.
G*Power – A fantastic little application for doing power analyses on a variety of statistical tests.
Pandas – Python data analysis library. More for data preprocessing, rather than stats.
Google Refine – Potentially useful tool for cleaning-up/re-formatting messy data.
Wizard – Paid, but relatively cheap ($79) stats app for Mac users only. Looks very nice.
StatsRef – A really comprehensive online analysis handbook.
Andy Field’s Statistics Hell – Contains a lot of good resources.
HyperStat – Online statistics textbook.
R-Gallery – Gallery of plots created using R, and the code used to make them.
Statistics with R – Good reference guide.
R-tutor – Set of good free tutorials.
R-tips – Not just tips, a pretty comprehensive guide.
Andy Field’s YouTube channel – contains some full lectures, and other things. Mentions penises a lot.
StatsMethods.net – A fantastic tutorial website on R, designed to enable easy switching from SPSS/SAS.
Try R at Code School – Another really great interactive R tutorial.
Veusz – Scientific plotting package written in Python. Open-source, free, cross-platform awesomeness.
SigmaPlot – Produces really nice results, but not terribly easy to use. Windows only. Spendy.
Graphpad Prism – Very nice. Mac only.
Plot – Freeware. Mac only. Looks nice.
Origin – Widely-used and powerful commercial system
ggplot – plotting system for R; takes out some of the coding work.Many Eyes – create free, web-based visualisations using the Flare and Prefuse toolboxes – very nice.
NodeXL – Network visualisation plugin for Microsoft Excel.
Graphviz – Open-source graphing/network visualisation package.
Neuroscience web resources
NeuroSynth – Automated synthesis of data from neuroscience papers, with downloadable images in NIfTI format. Awesome.
PubBrain.org – Automated meta-analyes of brain-related PubMed search terms.
BrainScanr – Similar kind of deal to the above. Made by the inimitable Bradley Voytek.
Human Brain Atlas – Really handy online atlas with great labelling.
Volumes of Interest – Comprehensive list of brain regions, with downloadable ANALYZE (.hdr/.img) format files for each.
BrainMuseum Set of comparative brain atlases (175 species!)
Neutotree – Neuroscience genealogy.
Allen Brain Atlas – Fast, clickable atlas.
NITRC – Fantastic site which compiles listings of neuroimaging software tools.
fMRI4Newbies – Great information site with lots of tutorials and presentations on fMRI.
Cambridge MRC-CBU Imaging Wiki – Really fantastic set of resources.
The Human Connectome Project
Imaging Knowledge Base – Wonderful set of material on fMRI from MIT.
Interactive, animated MRI courses from Imaios.com – really fantastic. Free, but requires registration. Lots of other medical/anatomy-related courses on the same site.
BrainBank.org.uk – Really fantastic set of online teaching resources aimed at younger students, based on Prof. Bruce Hood’s 2011 Royal Institution Christmas lectures.
MRI Brain Atlas – Really nice Flash implementation, though a bit lacking in anatomical detail in the cortex. The Cranial Nerves one from the same site is good too.
Neurostars – Neuroscience answers from experts
Neuroscience/Neuroimaging analysis software
AFNI – Another fMRI analysis package – developed by the NIMH (mostly).
MRIcron – Chris Rorden’s ANALYZE/NifTI viewer/converter. Essential tool for PC users.
FreeSurfer – Tools for inflation/flattening cortex. Integrates tightly with FSL.
CARET – Another cortical-surface, 3D visualisation, inflation/flattening tool.
Osirix – Hands down, the best DICOM viewer available. Free, but Mac OS X only. Does all sorts of funky things.
MicroDicom – Nice, free, simple DICOM viewer for Windows.
Human Connectome Project Workbench – Free tool for viewing/analysing the HCP (and other) data.
Allen Brain Atlas Brain Explorer – Amazing system for charting gene expression in the human brain.
Homepage for software from the Laboratory of Neuroimaging at UCLA
3DSlicer – Nice visualisation tool.
Camino – Diffusion MRI toolkit.
MNE – MEG/EEG processing package.
EEGLab – Comprehensive Matlab toolbox.
ITKSnap – Free program for segmenting structures in 3D medical images.
Analyze – Comprehensive commercial package for multimodal image processing/analysis.
Forum of Resting-State fMRI – Home of the REST analysis toolbox for RS-fMRI
fmripower – Matlab/SPM toolbox for prospective power analyses of fMRI data.
MedInria – Very nice cross-platform, free, 2D/3D/4D medical image viewer.
NeuroElf – Matlab toolbox for working with neuroimaging data. Handles lots of different file-formats.
Brainnetvis – Java application for visualising brain network interactions
BrainStorm – Nice, open-source EEG/MEG analysis suite.
PyMVPA – Multivariate pattern analysis in Python, well… duh.
OpenVibe – Free software for creating brain-computer interfaces based on EEG data.
It would also be most remiss not to at least mention NeuroDebian in this section.
Cambridge Brain Sciences – Really nice, free, online neuropsych/cognitive tests. V. Cool.
The CANTAB cognitive test battery.
The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV-R)
The Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB)
Eye-movement/Neuromarketing/Miscellaneous Neuro-(bollocks) companies
Acuity Intelligence – Serious, eye-movement/physiological based research. UK distributor for Tobii eye-trackers, and other cool gear.
MindSign Neuromarketing – fMRI-focused; one of the only companies to have dedicated access to their own scanner. San-Diego based.
Neurofocus – Owned by Nielsen. Perhaps the biggest company of this type. EEG-focused.
Neurosense – Originally a spin-off from the University of Oxford, founded by Gemma Calvert, now London-based. Responsible for the widely-ridiculed fMRI ‘experiments’ featured in Martin Lindstrom’s book ‘buyology’.
BrainImpact – Brussels-based, fMRI-focused company.
AdSam – Company that holds the extremely dubious honour of being the first to try and patent a pattern of brain activity. *Sigh*
WhiteMatter Marketing – Promote themselves as a ‘Neuroconsultancy’. Whatever that means.
LookTracker – Commercial eye-tracking company that does website UX stuff, film/TV etc.
Neuromarketing Science and Business Association – Trade association with seemingly decent intentions – codes of ethics, drive research etc.
Neuromarketing World Forum – The biggest international neuromarketing conference organisation. My idea of hell, personally.
No Lie MRI – Comedy-or-maybe-genius-named company that’s trying to push fMRI lie detection into US courts, with only partial success so far, but frankly, it’s only a matter of time. Almost certainly in the ‘Neurobollocks’ category for now.
Cephos – Forensics company, who also offer fMRI lie detection services. Hilariously, they make the claim that: “According to a PubMed search, using the keywords ”fMRI” or “functional magnetic resonance imaging” yields over 15,000 fMRI publications. Therefore, the technique from which the conclusions are drawn is undoubtedly generally accepted.”
There are many more commercial enterprises who claim to use some kind of neuro-cognitive/behavioural/scientific methods for the purposes of marketing, product design, or other purposes, and they continue to proliferate at an alarming speed. A good list is available here.
General programming languages/resources
CodeAcademy – Brilliant set of free resources, for a variety of languages. Highly recommended.
LearnPython – Great set of interactive tutorials. Also highly recommended.
Learn Python the Hard Way – Free online book.
The Mathworks Matlab documentation – Very good for reference, and freely available to all on the site.
Google Code University – Collection of online courses for learning all kinds of programming-related things. The Python and C++ courses look good.
Python for Beginners – Good reference site, cheat sheets, etc.
Experimental presentation systems
PsychoPy – Excellent, cross-platform system.
OpenSesame – Built on Python, bit like PsychoPy.
Inquisit – Really good commercial (though relatively cheap) software.
EPrime – One of the most popular commercial packages.
Presentation – Commercial system that requires a fair bit of coding knowledge.
VisionEgg – Python/OpenGL interface – good for visual stimuli.
Paradigm – Commercial system for Windows with a focus on ease-of-use.
ProtoGenie – Web-based authoring toolkit for experiments.
Mantra – Really cool software that works with OpenSesame, PsychoPy and E-prime and implements object/movement tracking as responses for experiments.
DMDX – Older (but free!) system that uses Microsoft DirectX to present stimuli.
PEACH – Psychophysics C++ library.
Hans Strasburger’s ‘Software for visual psychophysics’ is also a fantastic collection of useful links for this kind of thing (and other stuff too).
Useful Experimental Hardware
U-hid – Configurable Human Interface Device – for making nice cheap USB response boxes.
LabJack – Similar USB interface devices to the U-HID. More powerful, bit more expensive.
Psychology Software Tools – For buying really expensive response boxes (and lots of other things)
Tobii Technology – Some of the best eye-tracking gear around at the moment.
Cambridge Electronic Design – Makers of ‘classic’ analogue-to-digital-converters like the CED 1401 – great for psychophysiology, and lots of other stuff.
AD Instruments – Makers of the ‘Powerlab’ system – another good ADC/DAC system.
BIOPAC – Makers of all kinds of exciting lab-gear, EEG equipment, psychophysiological recorders, etc.
Digitimer – Makers of fine research instruments – particularly stimulators for electrophysiology. Some of them designed in collaboration with the dept of Clinical Neurophysiology at the National Neurological Hospital, Queen Square, London.
Acuity Intelligence – UK outlet for several bits of gear, including Tobii eye-trackers.
Pivothead – 1080p HD video recording sunglasses. Someone must use them for an experiment soon, right?
Affective Q Sensor – Little wrist-worn gadget which records Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) data for 24 hours. Cool.
Applied Science Laboratories – Another major player in the eye-tracking space.
ExperimentalPsychology.nl – Dutch based site for experimental software/hardware.
SR Research – Another eye-tracking company. Make some cool MRI-compatible systems.
Avotec Inc. – Purveyors of fine MRI-related hardware.
Nonin – Makers of good pulse oximetry/capnography devices.
NeuroScan – Some of the best EEG/ERP systems available.
Siemens MRI systems – When you absolutely, positively got to image every voxel in the brain, accept no substitutes.
NordicNeuroLab – fMRI-hardware; monitors, response boxes, etc.
Cambridge Research Systems Ltd – Lots of cool stuff for fMRI, plus the ViSaGe system for highly-precise stimulus generation.
The Blackbox toolkit – fantastic gear for measuring the timing of your experiments.
Online experiment pages
Psychological Research on the Net – An incredible catalogue of links to experiments
Online Psychology Research – UK based portal. Their links page is also excellent
Online Social Psychology
Coglab 2 – Large set of online Java experiments for teaching purposes.
International Affective Picture System (IAPS)
Princeton Social Cognition and Social Neuroscience Lab’s face-stimuli databases Created using FaceGen
List of face stimuli databases
List of standardised stimuli
ViperLib – An incredible resource for visual perception research – pictures, videos, everything.
The MRC psycholinguistic database
List of psychology stimuli databases on PsychWiki
Online Gabor Patch generator from cogsci.nl. Really cool.
Major Academic/Conference Organisations
Society for Neuroscience – Organisers of the ma-hoosive annual SFN conference in the USA.
Organization for Human Brain Mapping – Annual conference location swaps annually between the US, and somewhere in the rest of the world (usually Europe). The foremost conference for (f)MRI.
Federation of European Neuroscience Societies – Annual European conference.
British Neuroscience Association – UK conference organisers.
Cognitive Neuroscience Society – US-based society with an annual conference for those on the more psychological end of neuroscience.
British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience – UK version of the above.
American Psychological Association – Massive organisation. Publishers of the APA style-guide, obviously.
British Psychological Society – The major UK psychology organisation. Organises oodles of things, validates degrees, publishes things etc.
Experimental Psychology Society – British society for those who don’t like social psychologists.
Vision Sciences Society – Annual meeting in Florida
European Conference on Visual Perception – Euro version of above.
Somewhat idiosyncratic listings of conferences (sorted by topic, location, etc.) can also be found on ConferenceAlerts.com
Medical-related conference listings can also be found on The Conference Website.
Blogs etc. (In no particular order)
Akira O’Connor’s blog
BPS Research Digest
practiCal fMRI: the nuts & bolts
Rita Santos – CBT Therapist (London)
Statistically Significant Science
The Neuron Club
Neuroimaging Made Easy
Tal Yarkoni’s 
All-About-Psychology – Idiosyncratic but extensive collection of material.
Macademic – Academic Workflows on a Mac.
Andy’s Brain Blog