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MATLAB for Neuroscientists


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The only comprehensive software manual to serve as an introduction to programming in MATLAB, specifically tailored to neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists.

Table of Contents

Preface Part I: Fundamentals Introduction Tutorial Part II: Data Collection with Matlab Visual Search and Pop Out Attention Psychophysics Signal Detection Theory Part III: Data Analysis with Matlab Frequency Analysis Part I Frequency Analysis Part II: Non-stationary Signals and Spectrograms Wavelets Convolution Introduction to Phase Plane Analysis Exploring the Fitzhugh-Nagumo Model Neural Data Analysis: Encoding Principal Components Analysis Information Theory Neural Decoding: Discrete variables Neural Decoding: Continuous variables Functional Magnetic Imaging Part IV: Data Modeling with Matlab Voltage-Gated Ion Channels Models of a Single Neuron Models of the Retina Simplified Models of Spiking Neurons Fitzhugh-Nagumo Model: Traveling Waves Decision Theory Markov Model Modeling Spike Trains as a Poisson Process Synaptic Transmission Neural Networks: Unsupervised learning Neural Network: Supervised Learning Appendices Appendix 1: Thinking in Matlab Appendix 2: Linear Algebra Review

About the Author

Pascal Wallisch received his PhD from the University of Chicago, did postdoctoral work at the Center for Neural Science at New York University, and currently serves as a clinical assistant professor of Psychology at New York University. His research interests are at the intersection of Psychology and Neuroscience, specifically Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience. His current work focuses on motion perception, autism and the appraisal of film.


"The book is clear, cogent, and systematic. It provides much more than the essential nuts-and-bolts-it also leads the reader to learn to think about the empirical enterprise writ large.This book should be given a privileged spot on the bookshelf of every teacher, student, and researcher in the behavioral and cognitive sciences." -Stephen M. Kosslyn, John Lindsley Professor of Psychology, Dean of Social Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA "This is an excellent book that should be on the desk of any neuroscientist or psychologist who wants to analyze and understand his or her own data by using MATLAB.Several books with MATLAB toolboxes exist; I find this one special both for its clarity and its focus on problems related to neuroscience and cognitive psychology." -Nikos Logothetis, Director, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tubingen, Germany "MATLAB for Neuroscientists provides a unique and relatively comprehensive introduction to the MATLAB programming language in the context of brain sciences.The book would work well as a supplementary source for an introductory course in computational analysis and modeling in visual neuroscience, for graduate students or advanced undergraduates." -Eero P. Simoncelli, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Professor, Neural Science, Mathematics, and Psychology, New York University, New York, USA

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