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Psych-Button

programmable keyboard-like user response device with sub-millisecond accuracy

A graduate student needed something with 4 "normal" buttons and a "home" button with sub-millisecond timing resolution. The "home" button is my favorite part. It is a screw head attached to a capacitive-sensing pin on a Teensy LC, with a library to make it behave like a pushbutton switch (source).

The Skinny

measures and records skin conductance levels

Myself and another engineer built 30 of these for an honors-level Psychology course at Indiana University. The device records skin conductance between 2 electrodes and logs the data to a micro SD card. Students devised their own experiments around the device, and presented their results at the end of the course. Experiment topics ranged from "watch a scary movie" to "listen to your favorite music".