A flexible software tool for temporally-precise behavioral control in Matlab

Wael F. Asaad, Emad N. Eskandar

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Systems and cognitive neuroscience depend on carefully designed and precisely implemented behavioral tasks to elicit the neural phenomena of interest. To facilitate this process, we have developed a software system that allows for the straightforward coding and temporally-reliable execution of these tasks in Matlab. We find that, in most cases, millisecond accuracy is attainable, and those instances in which it is not are usually related to predictable, programmed events. In this report, we describe the design of our system, benchmark its performance in a real-world setting, and describe some key features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-258
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Methods
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 30 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavioral control
  • Cognition
  • Human
  • Matlab
  • Monkey
  • Neurophysiology
  • Psychophysics
  • Software

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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