Welcome to the CoSMo 2014 hands-on session on decoding neural ensemble data!
The Tutorial modules below constitute a step-by-step walkthrough that introduces you to a data set of 100+ neurons, recorded simultaneously from hippocampal subfield CA1 as a rat runs a T-maze task, followed by some example decoding analyses.
These analyses have the potential to reveal the representational content of cognitive processes such as recall, deliberation, and planning at fast timescales.
You should feel free to play with the code parameters and start exploring at any point in this tutorial. There are some suggested exercises and questions embedded in the tutorial designed to verify your understanding of the material; you can pick and choose among these depending on what catches your interest.
If you finish the tutorial part, there are two suggested “mini-projects” that indicate directions for cutting-edge analyses you can pursue in a more open-ended way, building on the material in the tutorial but requiring more active coding and problem-solving on your part.
Finally, this is a wiki: if you see an opportunity for improvement, go ahead and edit it. These pages will stay available for at least a number of months after the course. If you'd rather not edit but just comment, there is a discussion/comment box at the bottom of each page.
(Times indicated are suggestions of the maximum time you should spend on each part. If everything is clear you can of course move on earlier than that!)