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The development of Tatool is closely coupled wih a scientific project investigating training and transfer effects of cognitive abilities at the University of Zurich. It is led by Claudia von Bastian of the Department of Cognitive Psychology. Tatool was conceptualized according to the requirements for conducting psychological experiments.

It is our understanding that in the matter of software for scientific research, the concept of open-source is the best way to support the scientific community. Therefore, we offer a free training and testing tool for psychological experiments. Tatool is published open-source under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), which means the source code of Tatool is available for further development by everyone. We hope that fellow researchers feel encouraged to help improving Tatool by contributing their ideas. Code of training or experimental tasks can be published under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Hence, researchers can easily exchange tasks or code snippets without compromising their authorship of a specific task.

Tatool is written in Java and is thus platform independent. This allows Tatool to run on all operating systems supporting Java 1.6. It was tested on Windows, Mac and Linux systems.

Tatool was written with your ideas in mind. The software architecture enables you to shape Tatool the way you want it. Tatool can be extended with new tasks, statistics, level or timing concepts and with everything else we didn't think of yet.