Matlab for Behavioral and Brain Research

SLHS 8530 Seminar: Speech

Meeting time: W 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Shevlin Hall 125, Spring Semester, 2016

Instructor: Yang Zhang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.

This graduate-level course aims to introduce MATLAB programming skills for behavioral and brain research scientists. Familiarity with basic programming and MATLAB is helpful, but no previous programming experience is required. Students are expected to have access to a computer with MATLAB license. The first fourteen weeks of the semester will cover the chapters in the textbook titled "MATLAB for Behavioral Scientists" by David A. Rosenbaum, which includes a chapter on the popular Psychtoolbox. The remaining weeks will introduce more advanced topics with examples. Software packages such as EEGLAB for EEG data analysis will be introduced and discussed. Integration with other tools such as Praat for speech analysis and R for statistical analysis will also be covered briefly. At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to use MATLAB for their own research project, which includes conducting basic statistical analysis and generating publication-quality graphs. Considering the nature of programming exercises and projects, auditing is not recommended for this course.

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