22 November 2011, 16.00 – 18.30


For Mind & Brain doctoral students only. Course not open to the public.

Course organizer: Professor Niko Busch (Institute of Medical Psychology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin; Berlin School of Mind and Brain)

Programming and computational skills are essential for most research projects in neuroscience and experimental psychology. Programming is important for virtually all stages of an experimental study, e.g. for constructing stimuli, controlling the presentation of stimuli, recording and analysing data, statistical analysis as well as for visualisation of results. MATLAB is a programming environment, which is ideally suited for the needs of the empirical scientist. Many students at Mind & Brain are either required to use MATLAB for their projects or have decided for themselves that they would like to use MATLAB for certain tasks. Many students have told us that this represents a major impediment for the progress of their projects because

  • MATLAB is a complex programming language and the learning curve is steep;
  • Some students receive only limited support for learning MATLAB;
  • Some students have limited experience with programming in general.


1. Introduction to the MATLAB desktop, variables and matrices
2. Control commands (IF THEN; FOR loops, etc.)
3. Functions
4. Logical expressions and boolean variables
5. Plotting figures
6. Writing efficient code; debugging


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