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Advanced Data Analysis in Neuroscience

Integrating Statistical and Computational Models

  • Designed for use as a textbook in statistics for students from the neuro- and biosciences

  • Integrates statistical analysis with a dynamical systems perspective and computational modeling

  • Reviews almost all areas of applied statistics, including advanced topics for computational neuroscientists

  • Provides interactive examples and MATLAB-based example codes


Part of the Bernstein Series in Computational Neuroscience book series (BSCN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Daniel Durstewitz
    Pages 1-31
  3. Daniel Durstewitz
    Pages 33-56
  4. Daniel Durstewitz
    Pages 57-72
  5. Daniel Durstewitz
    Pages 73-83
  6. Daniel Durstewitz
    Pages 85-103
  7. Daniel Durstewitz
    Pages 105-119
  8. Daniel Durstewitz
    Pages 121-181
  9. Daniel Durstewitz
    Pages 183-198
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 265-292

About this book


This book is intended for use in advanced graduate courses in statistics / machine learning, as well as for all experimental neuroscientists seeking to understand statistical methods at a deeper level, and theoretical neuroscientists with a limited background in statistics. It reviews almost all areas of applied statistics, from basic statistical estimation and test theory, linear and nonlinear approaches for regression and classification, to model selection and methods for dimensionality reduction, density estimation and unsupervised clustering.  Its focus, however, is linear and nonlinear time series analysis from a dynamical systems perspective, based on which it aims to convey an understanding also of the dynamical mechanisms that could have generated observed time series. Further, it integrates computational modeling of behavioral and neural dynamics with statistical estimation and hypothesis testing. This way computational models in neuroscience are not only explanat

ory frameworks, but become powerful, quantitative data-analytical tools in themselves that enable researchers to look beyond the data surface and unravel underlying mechanisms. Interactive examples of most methods are provided through a package of MatLab routines, encouraging a playful approach to the subject, and providing readers with a better feel for the practical aspects of the methods covered.


"Computational neuroscience is essential for integrating and providing a basis for understanding the myriads of remarkable laboratory data on nervous system functions. Daniel Durstewitz has excellently covered the breadth of computational neuroscience from statistical interpretations of data to biophysically based modeling of the neurobiological sources of those data. His presentation is clear, pedagogically sound, and readily useable by experts and beginners alike. It is a pleasure to recommend this very well crafted discussion to experimental neuroscientists as well

as mathematically well versed Physicists. The book acts as a window to the issues, to the questions, and to the tools for finding the answers to interesting inquiries about brains and how they function."


 Henry D. I. Abarbanel

Physics and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego


“This book delivers a clear and thorough introduction to sophisticated analysis approaches useful in computational neuroscience.  The models described and the examples provided will help readers develop critical intuitions into what the methods reveal about data.  The overall approach of the book reflects the extensive experience Prof. Durstewitz has developed as a leading practitioner of computational neuroscience. “


Bruno B. Averbeck




statistical methods in neuroscience neural time series multivariate statistics machine learning statistical parameter estimation reconstructing state spaces from experimental data nonparametric time series modeling nonlinear dynamical systems multivariate maps and recurrent neural networks bootstrap methods multiple testing dimensionality reduction clustering nonlinear oscillations change point analysis principal component analysis unsupervised clustering

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theoretical NeuroscienceCentral Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim of Heidelberg UniversityMannheimGermany

About the authors

Daniel Durstewitz is Professor for Theoretical Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Theoretical Neuroscience at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, and the University of Heidelberg. He is also the coordinator and a director of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Heidelberg-Mannheim. He has authored numerous articles in the fields of theoretical and computational neuroscience, applying and advancing various statistical and modeling techniques. Together with Jeremy Seamans, he has also developed an influential computational theory of dopamine function in the prefrontal cortex.

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