P457: Implementing Computer-Controlled Behavioral Experiments in Psychological Science
Fall Semester, 2019
Mondays & Wednesdays 12:45 – 2:00, Room 286
Dr. Jason M. Gold, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Are you an undergraduate working in a lab that runs computer-based experiments? Do you see yourself going on to pursue an academic career in psychological science? If so, having the ability to control a computer through programming is an invaluable skill, as it has become a critical part of being able to carry out most aspects of behavioral experiments, including presenting stimuli, collecting data from subjects, implementing models, running simulations and analyzing data.
During the Fall semester of 2019, I will be teaching a P457 Topics Course on how to program behavioral experiments using MATLAB. MATLAB is a computer programming environment that is commonly used in all areas of science, including psychological science. In this course, you will get hands-on experience learning the basic skills of how to use MATLAB, with a focus on how to carry out your own experiments. The core skills you learn during this course will extend to virtually any other programming language that you may wish to pick up in the future.