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MATLAB for Neuroscientists: An Introduction to Scientific Computing in MATLAB Hardcover – 6 Nov 2008

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (6 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123745519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123745514
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The book is clear, cogent, and systematic. It provides much more than the essential nuts-and-bolts―it also leads the reader to learn to think about the empirical enterprise writ large...This book should be given a privileged spot on the bookshelf of every teacher, student, and researcher in the behavioral and cognitive sciences.” ― Stephen M. Kosslyn, John Lindsley Professor of Psychology, Dean of Social Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

“This is an excellent book that should be on the desk of any neuroscientist or psychologist who wants to analyze and understand his or her own data by using MATLAB...Several books with MATLAB toolboxes exist; I find this one special both for its clarity and its focus on problems related to neuroscience and cognitive psychology.” ― Nikos Logothetis, Director, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany

“MATLAB for Neuroscientists provides a unique and relatively comprehensive introduction to the MATLAB programming language in the context of brain sciences...The book would work well as a supplementary source for an introductory coursein computational analysis and modeling in visual neuroscience, for graduate students or advanced undergraduates.” ― Eero P. Simoncelli, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Professor, Neural Science, Mathematics, and Psychology, New York University, New York, USA

About the Author

Pascal Wallisch received his PhD from the University of Chicago, did postdoctoral work at the Center for Neural Science at New York University, and currently serves as a clinical assistant professor of Psychology at New York University. His research interests are at the intersection of Psychology and Neuroscience, specifically Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience. His current work focuses on motion perception, autism and the appraisal of film.

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Format: Hardcover
it is a very good book for neuroscientist/neuropsychologist to learn matlab. it is really a shame that the instructor material is very poor. it does not even provide answers to the exercises/workshops in the book. not very useful if you are self learning.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not really for a beginner... 21 Sept. 2010
By ranita - Published on Amazon.com
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I had no previous background in programming or computer science, but based on the reviews I bought this book as an introduction to learning Matlab because it was more specific to the field I'm in. I am REALLY surprised at the reviews that say this book is for beginners. I agree with the previous review that says the book starts off easy to understand, and then it feels like it leaves you on your own to figure out a lot of things.

For example, I was trying to complete the first project on my own and using only the commands covered in the previous chapters. I had to ask for help from friends and despite me telling them "I don't think I'm supposed to use that command because they haven't explained it yet" they still gave me other ways to write certain functions that weren't covered. Since I couldn't figure out how to integrate some of the previous material, I wrote the project program with commands that weren't covered by the book up to that point. It was pretty unsatisfying and discouraging. Not the book's fault that my friends didn't use what was taught, but it does lack some guidance for the projects.

My biggest complaint is that I can't find sample programs for the projects! I've checked the companion website and tried to buy the answer manual online, but you have to prove that you're a professor in order to buy it. Available answers would really help someone like me (who has ZERO intuition for programming) get started on projects and find more efficient ways of writing programs. It's not the advanced math or methods described that make this text hard to get through, which some reviewers are attributing to the bad reviews.

There are lots of comments that accompany the examples, a color insert, and a really helpful appendix that quickly reviews some matrix algebra. This seems like a good book for someone in neuroscience or psychology who already has some background in Matlab. But if you're just starting out, especially without any background in programming, this book will likely discourage you. Also, I could see how this book would be good for a beginning course because you've got a professor to guide you through the text. However, I'd recommend David Rosenbaum's "Matlab for Behavioral Scientists" for a beginning text if you're teaching yourself. After reading that book, I've looked back at this book and can understand everything much better.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not perfect 21 May 2009
By Johnny Gutiérrez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book will help you understand Matlab better especially if you are going into neuroscience. However, it is lacking in examples and sometimes the explanations are not very clear. I would only recommend this book if you already have some Matlab experience and not for the amateur programmer. Other than that, the book is quite detailed and full of colour.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for computational neuroscientists 9 May 2010
By David C. Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is valuable most of all because it is timely. In recent decades neuroscience has relied increasingly on engineering and mathematical principles to makes sense of a complex system, but software and literature have both lagged behind. Matlab is equipped with functions and toolkits that make most analyses possible, but computational neuroscientists have had to spend countless hours implementing the various functions for their purposes. And up to now there haven't been any books that cover most of the Matlab functions one would use as a computational neuroscientist.

Matlab for Neuroscientists does a good job of this. The authors have selected methods that are commonly used in computational neuroscience, emphasizing ones that tend to be difficult to implement. The result is a book that could save you a great deal of time if you analyze systems neuroscience data. The book is also quite instructive on its own; the computational principles are presented clearly, and unlike many Matlab books which simply describe procedures, this book explains how Matlab functions actually work. In other words, this book doesn't simply explain what to do, it teaches you how to use Matlab effectively.

Computational neuroscientists didn't invent math or engineering, so the topics covered in this book are pertinent to a variety applications; e.g. image processing and computer vision, various statistical applications, machine learning, and neural networks. As a result, people with a mathematical or engineering background could use Matlab and this book together to learn the basics of computational neuroscience quite efficiently.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The basic textbook for computational neuroscience 14 Dec. 2008
By G. A. Patino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think this book should be the first reading of anybody wanting to learn about computational neuroscience that has no background knowledge of MATLAB. It is a great tool for experienced programmers too.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ebook is Crippled! BEWARE 25 April 2011
By Dianne K. Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love ebooks...they are so much more convenient than books I have to tote around....
and this is a good book. Kudos to the authors. I am really enjoying it.


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