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Welcome! This is the home page for the optional hands-on (heads-on) 2020 edition of the “Rhythmic Brain” course.

Getting started with Emotiv headsets

  • Using the course laptops, launch the Emotiv Xavier Control Panel using the Desktop icon.
  • Click “Continue without Cloud Services”
  • Type an username (“TestUser” works fine)
  • Follow the instructions on the screen.

Analysis modules

Getting started with MATLAB

Depending on your background and programming experience you might find the following resources helpful:

If you are unsure, take a look at the table of contents of the MATLAB Primer in the link above. If there are things you don't recognize, use the Tutorials in the Primer itself, and/or Chapter 2 of the MATLAB for Neuroscientists book to get up to speed. If you've never used MATLAB, I recommend you start with the Tutorials in the Primer, and refer to the book chapter if you'd like a change of pace or a different way of explaining the same things.

Regardless of your MATLAB abilities, some great ways to keep learning are:

If you have no training or experience in computer programming (i.e. you have never taken a “Intro to Computer Science” or “Introductory Programming” type course) a great introduction to the “Zen of programming” is to do the pen-and-paper exercises in this short chapter by Daniel Dennett (“The Secrets of Computer Power Revealed”) before you embark on the MATLAB primer linked to above. Most people find it frustrating at first, but rewarding if they stick with it for a few hours.


Emotiv documentation:

The following textbooks provide more in-depth treatment of some of the topics we touch on in the course:

  • Textbook: Leis, Digital Signal Processing using MATLAB for Students and Researchers
  • Textbook: Johnston and Wu, Foundations of Cellular Neurophysiology
  • Textbook: Dayan & Abbott, Theoretical Neuroscience

Some tasks to try when generating specific brain rhythms:

  • Occipital-parietal alpha (10 Hz): eyes-open vs eyes-closed contrast
  • Frontal alpha: negative high arousal picture viewing, or mentally counting backwards from a large number in steps of 7 or 13
  • Drawing a stick figure (see for yourself what happens, take care to avoid moving artifacts)


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