In the NROS 215/415 classes, we use several software packages:

  1. Picoscope 6 (free on the web) is used to collect data with our PicoScope 3425s (see Equipment).  We save data out of this program directly into MAT files.
  2. Matlab is our primary tool to load, manipulate, and display data.
  3. Download NROS 415 MClust distribution
    November 11, 2012
    Within Matlab, we use the free software package  MClust  to separate out individual neurons from electrical recordings. Spike detection is not included with this free package, so we have created Matlab software to load MAT files from Picoscope, detect spikes, and pass the results into MClust.  You can download our customized version of MClust, complete with spike detection software, by pressing the big blue button.
  4. Download NROS 415 utilities distribution,
    November 28, 2012
    Also within Matlab, we process and plot data from the PicoScope using routines developed specifically for this class.  They can be downloaded by pressing the big blue button to the right.
  5. Download Vision Egg scripts,
    November 11, 2012
    To create visual stimuli, we use the free Vision Egg software package.  Some custom scripts we use for Vision Egg can be downloaded from this page, too.
  6. To process data in real-time, we use a Matlab application developed specifically for this course.  It is described in detail on the page below.     
                                              PicoMat RTI: PicoScope Matlab Real-Time Interface

We would like to thank our sponsors:

Funding from the Mathworks made this lab possible!
Special thanks to Professor Rick Levine and Professor Lynne Oland for the loan of equipment that made this lab complete.

Lab Location

The Lab is located in the Gould Simpson building, Room 404, on the University of Arizona campus.

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