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Matlab in Biopsychology and Neuroscience

A course for graduate students and researchers
Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail
German Primate Center

Why Matlab?

Matlab is one of the most widely used computer programming languages in research. For psychologists and neuroscientists, it is a versatile and increasingly

useful tool for controlling advanced experiments and analyzing complex datasets, no matter if you are interested in programming sensory detection or discrimination stimuli, measuring behavioral reaction times, quantifying movement kinematics (e.g. eye tracking), analyzing electrophysiological time series (e.g. EMG, EEG), developing neural models, conducting statistical tests, or visualizing brain imaging data (e.g. fMRI, MEG), etc.

The Course

The course will teach the basics of Matlab and introduce tools that are often used in Psychology and Neuroscience. You will learn the skills needed to understand existing Matlab code and to develop your own Matlab programs.

The course consists of two parts, a more theoretically oriented lecture with practical examples (2h/week), and a tutorial (2h/week) in which the weekly exercises will be discussed. Here you can find the dates.

Note: The course will only run half a semester, and be followed-up by an associated practical course in Psychophysics (see below).
The course will take place in the summer semester 2013. Specific time and location will be announced soon on this web page or directly by email to those who register below.
The course will be taught in English.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who wants to get a beginners introduction to Matlab.
  • The course preferably aims for 1st year Masters students, but advanced Bachelor students or PhD students are also welcome.
  • No prior computer programming experience is expected or needed. Basic skills in statistics, math and data handling are helpful.
  • The examples used in class will be focused mainly on cognitive psychology, but researchers in other disciplines (e.g. biology, medicine) are also welcome.
  • Students should to be enrolled in a Bachelor, Masters, or PhD program at the Georg August University, or be a member of the DPZ. Guest students may contact the lecturer directly.

Associated Course

After this Matlab course, in the second half of the semester, we will offer an associated course at the DPZ, in which you will be able to apply and intensify the learned skills. The course on Psychophysics by Prof. Stefan Treue will provide you with an opportunity to gather hands on experience in handling and analyzing data that you collected in your own experiments.


The current course is full. Please look for further opportunities next year.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail

Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail Head of Sensorimotor Group +49 551 3851-358 Contact

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