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Introduction to Matlab

Below you will find the schedule of our “Introduction to Matlab” lectures, held in the CBSU West Wing Seminar Room on Wednesdays, 11.00, between November 2013 and January 2014.

Matlab is the Swiss Army Knife of data analysis: no matter whether you are analysing neuroimaging data, behavioural data or your latest bank statements, Matlab can make you do things you thought were never possible.

Lectures will be combined with hands-on sessions. Space is limited, so it would be good if we had an idea of how many people we may have to accommodate. If you are interested, please drop me (Olaf Hauk) a line. We will also create Doodle polls for each session.

Our lectures are aimed at researchers with no or little prior experience to programming (in Matlab or otherwise). We are not intending to provide a full Matlab course, but we hope we can significantly facilitate the first few steps. For other options, see e.g. opportunities at Cambridge University (, or on-line tutorials (

Any suggestions of feedback on our previous lectures would be very welcome.

Except for the first lecture, all sessions will take place in the West Wing Seminar Room, on Wednesdays at 11am.




October 30 Lecture Theatre

Introduction to the CBSU computing system and best practice in computing
Overview of CBSU computing resources; using/accessing the computing system; best practice in file management
PDF of the lecture

Russell Thompson

November 6

Hands-on introduction to Linux
How to find your way around our computing system. Basic Linux commands, tips and tricks
PDF of the lecture
PDF of the lecture

Tibor Auer

November 13

Setting up experiments in E-Prime
Preparing and presenting stimuli, collecting behavioural responses

Maarten van Casteren

November 27

Getting started with Matlab
First steps in Matlab; the workspace and command window; variables – what they are and what they are for; basic commands; the editor; scripts and functions
PDF of the talk - slides
PDF of the talk - handouts
Example scripts

Yaara Erez

December 4

Basic Matlab commands I
Basic commands and functions; loops and conditional statements; tips and tricks

Jason Taylor

December 11

Basic Matlab commands II
basic matrix operations, functions, tips and tricks

Olaf Hauk

December 18

Structuring and debugging Matlab code
Writing clear and fast Matlab code; editing scripts and functions; debugging Matlab code

Danny Mitchell

January 15

Visualisation in Matlab
Visualisation options in Matlab; creating and editing figures; plotting curves

Yaara Erez

January 22

Matlab and SPM/AA
Variables and structures in SPM; how to access/check information in SPM; tips and tricks; question time

Tibor Auer