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Statistical Methods for Neuroscience and Psychology 36 746 Schedule Spring 2014 TTh 10 30 11 50 Instructor Rob Kass CNBC Classroom MI 130 Baker Hall 229H First meeting Jan 14 kass stat cmu edu 268 8723 This course provides a brief survey of statistical methods that are of use in neuroscience and psychology It combines the material from a first course in statistics with some important advanced topics No specific background in statistics is assumed other than basic statistical ideas as taught in high school and perhaps a bit of name recognition of a small number of widelyused methods The mathematical prerequisites are familiarity with vectors and matrices the exponential and log functions and elementary calculus I will go over all statistical methods from first principles discussing why they are used and how their results should be interpreted The pace will be about twice as fast as a standard basic statistics course A key goal of the course is to have students begin to understand what it is like to think statistically The text for the course will be my forthcoming book Analysis of Neural Data written with co authors Emery Brown MIT MGH and Uri Eden Boston U A pre copy editing draft of individual chapters will be posted on the course website We will go through Chapters 1 13 and selected portions of Chapters 14 19 depending in part on the interests of students Auditors are welcome Registered students will be required to read the assigned sections of the text and post a comment or question on the course blog prior to 9 30 am preceding the 10 30 class so that I have time to look over all the comments immediately before class The comments will be private until I read them at which time I will make them public and I will attempt to address all the points raised during the lecture that day There will also be many short answer assignments on the material and approximately 4 required data analysis assignments Some instruction in using the software Matlab and R will be



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