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MATLAB for Behavioral Scientists Hardcover – March 13, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0805862270 ISBN-10: 0805862277 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Psychology Press; 1 edition (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805862277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805862270
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,944,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an excellent text for introducing MATLAB to behavioral science students - cleanly organized, clearly written, with good examples and exercises. It is also an excellent book from which to learn MATLAB on your own." - Charles R. Gallistel, Rutgers University, USA

"Although undergraduate psychology students use MATLAB for exploratory data analysis in an advanced undergraduate laboratory course that I teach, some of them lack confidence in being able to learn to use it effectively. Rosenbaum's book provides them with nearly all the facts about MATLAB that they need for this course. The numerical examples are presented slowly enough that students will consider MATLAB to be a simple and helpful tool." - Russell M. Church, Brown University, USA

"Every cognitive and behavioral scientist, from advanced undergraduate to senior professor, needs a computational "Swiss Army knife" for the acquisition, manipulation, simulation, and visualization of data.  This book helps researchers use MATLAB as effectively as possible. The extensive examples provide a clear tutorial for the novice and a convenient reminder for the expert." - Jonathan Vaughan, Hamilton College, USA

"Rosenbaum's book is a perfect companion for the novice and I am sure it will become a standard reference in our lab." - Volker Franz, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

"A wonderful introduction to a valuable tool for behavioral scientists."

"This is an excellent book.  It is ideally suited for behavioral scientists who want rapidly to learn what is arguably the most valuable tool currently available for doing scientific computation—MATLAB.   I suspect that it will become an indispensable reference for a whole generation of behavioral scientists." - Erik D. Reichle, University of Pittsburgh, USA

"This book is a concise, engaging, and very well written introduction to the programming of MATLAB. It will be most useful to students in the behavioural sciences. The book provides excellent programming examples that are tailored to the needs of these sciences. It effectively explains the essential features and commands of MATLAB for performing data analysis, plotting the results of such an analysis, conducting computer simulations, and for developing and exploring mathematical models about behaviour and cognitive processes." - Rolf Ulrich, University of Tuebingen, Germany

About the Author

David A. Rosenbaumis a cognitive psychologist specializing in the planning and control of voluntary movements, especially those related to reaching and grasping. He attended Swarthmore College (B.A., 1973) and Stanford University (Ph.D., 1977). Then he worked at Bell Laboratories (1977-1981), Hampshire College (1981-1987), and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1987-1994). Since 1994 he has been at Pennsylvania State University, where he is Distinguished Professor of Psychology. He was a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1973-1976), a National Institutes of Health Research Career Development Award (1985-1990), and a National Institutes of Health Research Scientist Development Award (1992-1997). His research has been described in five books, 81 journal articles, 31 book chapters, and 137 invited addresses. His work been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Rosenbaum is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 1987), the American Psychological Society (elected 1991), the American Psychological Association (elected 2004), and the Society of Experimental Psychologists (elected 2005). He was a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences from 1989 to 1990, and served as editor ofJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance(a publication of the American Psychological Association) from 2000 to 2005.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ranita on September 21, 2010
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I decided to teach myself Matlab a year ago and instead of buying this book, I bought "Matlab for Neuroscientists" by Wallisch et al. because it sounded more specific to the field I'm in, but I wish I had gotten "Matlab for Behavioral Scientists" first! After not making a whole lot of progress with the other book, I finally bought this book and Matlab makes a LOT more sense to me now.

The first chapter seems especially geared toward people with no computer science or programming background (like me); Rosenbaum gives tips on how to formulate a program and how to better "think" like a computer. In a thin book (easy to carry around all the time), he covers a lot of functions/concepts clearly in a logical order and usually gives a brief explanation on why a function would be helpful when writing a program for a certain type of experiment. The best part of this text is that there are answers in the back of the book to all the problems at the end of each chapter. With Wallisch's text there are no answers available (I've checked the companion website and tried to buy the answer manual online, but you have to prove that you are a professor, which is ridiculous). I realize there's usually more than one possible way to reach a goal in programming, but having an answer to look at helped me to realize why writing it one way might be more efficient than another; or if I had no idea where to start, I could look in the back for a hint. This book doesn't cover the use of toolboxes, but if you finish this book you should be pretty well equipped to learn them on your own.

I'd recommend this to beginners, even those without a background in programming, who want to teach themselves efficiently. This should really be a behavioral scientist's first textbook in learning Matlab.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tch18 on August 17, 2013
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I bought this book to prepare for a summer course on fMRI after the instructor recommended it. I had some Visual Basic experience and I found the book to be easy to follow. The end-of-chapter problems were good too in that they forced you to be creative with your programming. The one thing I will note though is that some of the chapters rely on the reader's proficiency with matrices and linear algebra without any sort of refresher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Whitlow on July 3, 2013
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This turned out not to be quite what I expected. I was looking for some general guidelines about how to do research activities in MATLAB, with examples and explanations of code, but this is more an introduction. Thus, the chapter on Input/Output has relatively little on what to consider when reading in stimulus files or writing out data files, for example, but much more on how to format data printed on the screen, which is not really a prime concern. It's a good introduction for getting familiar with using MATLAB, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on April 13, 2012
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A perfect Matlab resource for researchers in psychology. Wonderful examples, clearly written and filled with exactly what you need to start programming.
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Great Book!
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