Luca Battaglini, Ph.D
University of Padova, Department of General Psychology

Learning how to write a script for running experiment in the behavioral sciences is fundamental during a doctoral program because allow students to grow up independent and speed-up data collection. This course aims to cover the basic of programming Matlab using the Psychophysics Toolbox functions. In details, the course will cover how to control the screen, how to create and present visual stimuli, including shapes, text, animations and how to present sounds. Finally, the course will cover how to collect keyboard response with precise timing measurement.

(a) some practical aspects such as applications, case studies, ...; please try to position these practical aspects at the beginning of the course so students can appreciate the relevance of the course subject
- Basic operation in Matlab
- Plot data
- Control Screen with Psychtoolbox
- Draw and Display visual and auditory stimuli
- Collect reaction time
- Put it all together: writing a script for an experiment in behavioral science.
(b) some 'guest' interventions from other colleagues connecting your course to the BMCS curriculum that is less represented in it are warmly recommended, to help students acknowledging interdisciplinary
Alberto Testolin, Ph.D
Alberto is a neuroscientist with a strong background in computational sciences. He will show a different use of computer programming in behavioral science, namely how to program a neural network that simulate a cognitive process and how to interpret the output.

Course requirements (if any)

Examination modality

There will be no examination.

28 Nov, 13:30-17:30
29 Nov, 13:30-16:30

30 Nov, 13:30 - 16:30

Room 4T, via Venezia 12, Psychology Building 'PSICO 2'

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