MATLAB for neuroscience course

Suitable for:
brain researchers

MATLAB for neuroscience course

16-17th July 2015
9:30am - 5:00pm

Monash Biomedical Imaging, Clayton


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MATLAB is a high-performance interactive computing environment for data crunching, visualization, and programming; a sort of Excel on steroids, that’s widely used by engineers and scientists.

Now into its fifth year, this much-in-demand two-day course is run by Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF).

Course facilitator Dr Bryan Paton, a CIBF research fellow and MBI staff member, will teach researchers (PhD, Honours, Post-doc or otherwise) how to use MATLAB for data collection, analysis and publication. No previous experience required.

The course focuses on using MATLAB in the very broad areas of psychology, psychophysics, cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience and related fields.

For optimal understanding, lectures will be interleaved with practical sessions.

Day 1:

  • Introduction: how the MATLAB environment works
  • Importing (from Excel/SPSS), manipulating, exporting, and displaying data
  • Statistical analyses
  • Basic scripting
  • Making figures for publication
  • An example: using MATLAB for analysing functional magnetic resonance images.

Day 2:

  • Core scripting/programming skills using Psychtoolbox for MATLAB, attendees will develop an experiment from scratch, collect and analyse the data.

Requirements: Course participants must bring their own laptop with a working copy of Matlab installed. The Matlab version should be 2014a or newer. Honours students at Monash will need to consult with their supervisors about getting access to Matlab.

Cost: The course will cost $180 for Monash University staff/students as well as staff/students from member institutes of the Centre for Integrative Brain Function. For all other attendees the cost is $360.

Lunch and refreshments provided both days. Onsite parking is available at no cost.

RSVP: Numbers are limited. Register here.

Contact: Email for further details regarding how to register.