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== If you are new to MEG/EEG data analysis... ==
You may want to start with a basic [http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/research/eeg/eeg_intro.html introduction to EEG and MEG analysis], and then look at the description of our [http://www.elekta.com/healthcare_international_elekta_neuromag.php Elekta Neuromag MEG system].
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You should get an idea of [http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/imaging/ScientificComputing how computing is organised at the CBU]. = If you are new to data analysis... =
== Basics ==
You should get an idea of [[http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/imaging/ScientificComputing|how computing is organised at the CBU]].
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Then you should familiarise yourself with a [http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/imaging/UsingVNC VNC viewer], or you won't be able to use our Linux cluster from your desktop PC (or from home). Then you should familiarise yourself with a [[http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/imaging/UsingVNC|VNC viewer]], or you won't be able to use our Linux cluster from your desktop PC (or from home).
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Your life as a neuroimager will be much easier if you have a good grasp on Linux (Unix) and Matlab. In general, I would recommend "learning by doing", but the following links will get you on your way, and may serve as useful references when you get stuck. == Software ==
Your life as a neuroimager will be much easier if you have a good grasp on Linux (Unix) and Matlab. The following links will get you on your way, and may serve as useful references when you get stuck.

The website "[[http://www.codecademy.com/#!/exercises/0|Codeacademy]]" offers several intriguing on-line programming courses (click on "Learn") - it's fun (says Ian)!
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You can look at [http://www.mathworks.com/academia/student_center/tutorials/launchpad.html tutorials and demos] offered by Matlab itself. This site also contains links to Matlab tutorials at some universities. You may want to start with the [http://www.mathworks.com/access/helpdesk/help/pdf_doc/matlab/getstart.pdf Getting Started] section. The short introduction to [http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/imaging/LearningMatlab Matlab for psychologists] from the University of Nottingham is also useful. You can start at the very beginning with this [http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/pdfs/matrices.pdf primer on matrices]. There are some [[http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/methods/MatlabLecturesSchedule|Matlab Lectures for Beginners]] from the CBU.

You can look at [[http://www.mathworks.com/academia/student_center/tutorials/launchpad.html|tutorials and demos]] offered by Mathworks itself. This site also contains links to Matlab tutorials at some universities. You may want to start with the [[http://www.mathworks.com/access/helpdesk/help/pdf_doc/matlab/getstart.pdf|Getting Started]] section. The short introduction to [[http://www.antoniahamilton.com/matlab_for_psychologists.pdf|Matlab for psychologists]] from the University of Nottingham is also useful. You can start at the very beginning with this [[http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/pdfs/matrices.pdf|primer on matrices]].
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This is a systematic and well-illustrated [http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/ introduction to linux]. This is a systematic and well-illustrated [[http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/|introduction to linux]].

If you've never used shell scripting before, this [[http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/meg/AnalyzingData/Primer_ShellScripting|primer on shell scripting]] or this [[http://www.freeos.com/guides/lsst/|tutorial]] would be a start.
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Not essential for "normal" users, the scripting language [http://www.python.org/ Python] is increasingly becoming popular for its flexibility and simplicity. You could start with the [http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide Beginners' Guide]. The programming language [[http://www.python.org/|Python]] is increasingly becoming popular for its flexibility and elegance. You could start with the [[http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide|Beginners' Guide]]. MNE Python offers a complete and easy to use analyses environment and is available at the unit.
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Most software packages will offer tutorials and demos. They will familiarise you with basic analysis principles, visualisation options, and give you an overview of what's available to you. It makes sense to do the tutorials of software packages even if you are not planning to use them routinely. For example, MNE includes an example data set (tutorial in the [http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/meg/manuals/MNE-manual-2.7.pdf manual]), and there is a [http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/data/mmfaces/ general SPM5 demo for MEG analysis], and a [http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/meg/SpmDemo tailor-made SPM5 demo for data acquired at the CBU]. Most software packages will offer tutorials and demos. They will familiarise you with basic analysis principles, visualisation options, and give you an overview of what's available to you. It makes sense to do the tutorials of software packages even if you are not planning to use them routinely. For example, MNE includes an example data set (tutorial in the [[http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/meg/manuals/MNE-manual-2.7.pdf|manual]]), and there is a [[http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/data/mmfaces/|general SPM5 demo for MEG analysis]], and a [[http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/meg/SpmDemo|tailor-made SPM5 demo for data acquired at the CBU]].
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And finally one last piece of advice: Talk to people! Ask questions! Try things out! And never give up... '''fMRI software:'''

Our [[http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/imaging/AnalysisSoftware|fMRI software pages]] also contain useful information, e.g. further guides and tutorials.

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If you are new to data analysis...

Basics

You should get an idea of how computing is organised at the CBU.

Then you should familiarise yourself with a VNC viewer, or you won't be able to use our Linux cluster from your desktop PC (or from home).

Software

Your life as a neuroimager will be much easier if you have a good grasp on Linux (Unix) and Matlab. The following links will get you on your way, and may serve as useful references when you get stuck.

The website "Codeacademy" offers several intriguing on-line programming courses (click on "Learn") - it's fun (says Ian)!

Matlab:

There are some Matlab Lectures for Beginners from the CBU.

You can look at tutorials and demos offered by Mathworks itself. This site also contains links to Matlab tutorials at some universities. You may want to start with the Getting Started section. The short introduction to Matlab for psychologists from the University of Nottingham is also useful. You can start at the very beginning with this primer on matrices.

Linux (Unix):

This is a systematic and well-illustrated introduction to linux.

If you've never used shell scripting before, this primer on shell scripting or this tutorial would be a start.

Python:

The programming language Python is increasingly becoming popular for its flexibility and elegance. You could start with the Beginners' Guide. MNE Python offers a complete and easy to use analyses environment and is available at the unit.

MEG analysis software:

Most software packages will offer tutorials and demos. They will familiarise you with basic analysis principles, visualisation options, and give you an overview of what's available to you. It makes sense to do the tutorials of software packages even if you are not planning to use them routinely. For example, MNE includes an example data set (tutorial in the manual), and there is a general SPM5 demo for MEG analysis, and a tailor-made SPM5 demo for data acquired at the CBU.

fMRI software:

Our fMRI software pages also contain useful information, e.g. further guides and tutorials.

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