Jonas T. Kaplan, Ph.D.
Psych 599: Introduction to Psychtoolbox in Matlab

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Course Description

This course covers the basic of programming Matlab using the Psychophysics Toolbox functions that are relevant to running experiments in the behavioral sciences. We will cover some basic Matlab concepts, but this is not intended to be a comprehensive course in Matlab programming. We want to give you only as much Matlab as you need to know to get started with the Psychtoolbox. You will first learn some Matlab syntax and programming skills before we delve into the specifics of how to use the Psychtoolbox functions. We will cover how to control the screen, how to create and present visual stimuli, including shapes, text, animations, and movies, and how to present sounds. We will also cover response collection and precise timing measurement. Some basic proficiency with computers is all that will be assumed, but of course any background in scripting and programming will be to your advantage here.

Class One

Introduction to Matlab:
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Class Two

Deeper into Matlab:
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Class Three

Into the Psychtoolbox:
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Class Four

Visual presentation, animation, and movies
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Class Five

Sound and collecting responses
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Class Six

Randomization, code organization, etc.
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