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"Why & How" Seminar Series

Lectures are held about twice per month on Thursday at 6PM, in the 2204 conference room of Building 149. Snacks are served 20 minutes prior to the talk (no food is allowed inside the conference room).


Organizers: Martin Luessi (mluessi@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu) and Anna Rieckmann (rieckmann@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu)
Mailing List: https://mail.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/whynhow


In order to better serve your Why 'n How needs, let us know what you would like to learn more about! Below are the schedules from past years, which will serve as the basis for this year's talks. If you are missing a topic, send us an email at mluessi@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu and/or douw@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu, and we'll try to make it happen.


Calendar 2013-14:

Date Time Location Speaker Topic References Lecture Slides
September 19, 2013 6pm CNY149-2204 Martin Luessi Intro to Scientific Python [1]
October 3, 2013 6pm CNY149-2204 Sara Sprinkhuizen MR Physics TBD
October 17, 2013 6pm CNY149-2204 Maritza Ebling Intro to FreeSurfer [2]
November 7, 2013 6pm CNY149-2204 Jon Kaiser Intro to Computing at the Martinos Center [3]
November 20 & 21, 2013 6pm Bay 2! Dylan Tisdall Syngo demonstration
January 23, 2014 6pm CNY149-2204 Marco Loggia Neuroanatomy for Dummies [4]
February 6, 2014 6pm CNY149-2204 Jon Kaiser Intro to Launchpad [5]
February 20, 2014 6pm CNY149-2204 Koene van Dijk Resting-state fMRI [6]
March 6, 2014 6pm CNY149-2204 Hari Bharadwaj Statistics
March 20, 2014 6pm CNY149-2204 Jacob Hooker Intro to PET and PET/MRI [7]
April 17, 2014 6pm CNY149-2204 Linda Douw Introduction to Network Theory
April 29, 2014 NB this is a Tuesday! 6pm CNY149-2204 Randy Gollub Grant writing


Calendar 2012-13:

Date Time Location Speaker Topic References Lecture Slides
September 13, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Martin Luessi Intro to Scientific Python [8]
September 20, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Sam Mehl and Jon Kaiser Intro to Computing at the Martinos Center [9]
October 25, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Dylan Tisdall MR Syngo training N/A
November 8, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Louis Vinke Intro to FreeSurfer [10]
November 15, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Donald McLaren Group Analysis and Its Implications for Experimental fMRI Designs [11]
November 29, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Sara Sprinkhuizen MR Physics [12] NB Adobe Flash Player is needed
December 6, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Doug Greve Introduction to FsFast N/A
December 13, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Sheraz Khan Master MEG/EEG in 45 minutes N/A
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January 10, 2013 6pm CNY149-2204 Martin Luessi Intro to MEG and MNE N/A [13]
January 24, 2013 6pm CNY149-2204 cancelled N/A
February 7, 2013 6pm CNY149-2204 Hari Bharadwaj Introduction to statistics [14]
February 21, 2013 6pm CNY149-2204 Koene van Dijk Resting-state fMRI [15]
March 7, 2013 6pm CNY149-2204 Linda Douw Introduction to network theory [16]
March 12, 2013 NB this is a Tuesday! 6pm CNY149-2204 Randy Gollub Grant writing [17]
April 18, 2013 6pm CNY149-2204 Juliette Selb Intro to NIRS [18]
April 25, 2013 6pm CNY149-2204 Satra Ghosh Nipype N/A



Calendar 2011-12:

Date Time Location Speaker Topic References Lecture Slides
September 29, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Khaldoun Makhoul [19] Linux Computing Part I N/A pdf
October 6, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Khaldoun Makhoul [20] Linux Computing Part II N/A pdf
October 13, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Khaldoun Makhoul [21] MRI Physics I N/A pdf
November 3, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Alex Gramfort Python for Matlab users N/A pdf
November 17, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Aapo Nummenmaa Matlab N/A pdf
December 1, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Dylan Tysdall MRI Syngo Training N/A
December 15, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Anna Moore Intro to Molecular Imaging N/A
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January 19, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Doug Greve Intro to fsFast N/A pdf
February 2, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Louis Vinke Intro to FreeSurfer N/A pdf
February 16, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Donald McLaren Rules for Constructing and Reporting Second-level Statistics OrthoView peak_nii 3dClustSim pdf
March 1, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Sheraz Khan Master MEG/EEG in one hour N/A pdf
March 22, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Marco Loggia Neuroanatomy for Dummies N/A pdf
March 29, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Juliette Selb Intro to NIRS N/A pdf
April 5, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Martin Luessi Intro to git and github N/A html
April 19, 2012 6pm CNY149-2204 Satra Ghosh {Nipype: ('why', 'what', 'how')} N/A html


Calendar 2010-11:

Date Time Location Speaker Topic References Lecture Slides
October 7, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Marco Loggia [22] Neuroanatomy for dummies N/A pdf
October 21, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Hari Bharadwaj [23] Statistics N/A pdf
November 4, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Donald McLaren [24] The GLM (General Linear Model)-- first and second-level models N/A pdf
November 18, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Adrian KC Lee [25] Matlab N/A pdf

review.m

comb.m

comb2.m

factorial.m

factorial2.m

December 2, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Khaldoun Makhoul [26] UNIX and basic C shell scripting N/A pdf
February 3, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Allison Stevens FreeSurfer N/A pdf
February 17, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Jean Chen Arterial Spin Labeling N/A pdf
March 3, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Aapo Nummenmaa MEG N/A pdf
March 8, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Prof. Randy Gollub [27] Seminar on Grant Writing ppt
March 17, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Sheraz Khan [28] PsychToolbox for Stimuli Presentation ppt

.m tutorial

April 7, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Dionyssios Mintzopoulos [29] Introduction to R N/A pdf
April 28, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Khaldoun Makhoul [30] MR Physics N/A pdf
May 5, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Ellen Lau [31] Practical Issues for Multimodal Neuroimaging pdf
May 19, 2011 6pm CNY149-2204 Anastasia Yendiki [32] Introduction to DTI N/A ppt



Calendar 2009-10:

Date Time Location Speaker Topic References Lecture Slides
** Nov 10, 2009 ** 5pm CNY149-2204 Prof. Randy Gollub [33] Seminar on Grant Writing N/A PDF
Nov 19, 2009 6pm CNY149-2204 Adrian KC Lee [34] How to use MATLAB? (Advanced) PDF(m-files) PDF
Dec 3, 2009 6pm CNY149-2204 Hari Bharadwaj [35] Statistics (Beginners) N/A PDF
Dec 17, 2009 6pm CNY149-2204 Hari Bharadwaj [36] Statistics (Advanced) PDF PDF PDF
Jan 14, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Allison Stevens [37] Intro to FreeSurfer (Beginners) N/A PDF
Feb 4, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Nick Schmansky [38] How do you use Qdec for group analysis of morphometric data? N/A PDF
Feb 18, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Lilla Zollei [39] Basic C Shell scripting PDF BOOK PDF
March 4, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Marco Loggia [40] By the way, where is the fornix??? An introduction to gross neuroanatomy N/A PDF MOVIE
March 18, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Anastasia Yendiki [41] Introduction to DTI analysis N/A PDF
April 1, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Aapo Nummenmaa [42] Interpreting MEG data in terms of "distributed sources": under the cover of MNE N/A PDF
April 15, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Adrian KC Lee [43] How to navigate through the MEG-MNE workflow? N/A PDF
May 6, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 -- -- N/A
May 20, 2010 6pm CNY149-2204 Kara Dyckman [44] Where do those pretty colored blobs come from? An introduction to the BOLD signal and fMRI designs. N/A PDF

Beginner's level: No prior knowledge assumed. First exposure or a refresher to the topic.

Advanced level: Prior knowledge assumed. Please check the relevant beginner's level Why.N.How section offered previously for assumed knowledge.

Calendar 2008-09:

Date Time Location Speaker Topic References Lecture Slides
Nov 6, 2008 6pm CNY149-2204 Adrian KC Lee [45] Why do we need to know about Linear Algebra? N/A PDF
Nov 20, 2008 6pm CNY149-2204 Emily Israeli (eisraeli@nmr) How do we use MATLAB? -- an introductory session. N/A PDF ZIP
Dec 4, 2008 6pm CNY149-2204 Lilla Zollei [46] Why do we have so many brain coordinate systems? N/A PDF
Dec 18, 2008 6pm CNY149-2204 Allison Stevens [47] How to use Freesurfer? N/A PDF
Jan 15, 2009 6pm CNY149-2204 Marco Loggia [48] By the way, where is the fornix? An introduction to gross neuroanatomy N/A PDF
Feb 5, 2009 6pm CNY149-2204 Lilla Zollei [49] Intro to basic statistics N/A PDF
Feb 19, 2009 6pm CNY149-2204 Katie Handwerger [50] SPSS tutorial N/A PDF
March 5, 2009 6pm CNY149-2204 Aapo Nummenmaa [51] Why is it called a current dipole? Cohen.PDF PDF1 PDF2
March 19, 2009 6pm CNY149-2204 Daniel Goldenholz [52] How do we analyze MEG data? N/A PDF
April 2, 2009 6pm CNY149-2204 Nick Schmansky [53] How do you use Qdec for group analysis of morphometric data? N/A PDF
April 30, 2009 6pm CNY149-2204 Rudolph Pienaar [54] What is the physics behind MRI? N/A PDF1 PDF2
May 7, 2009 6pm CNY149-2204 Adrian KC Lee [55] Why do we need Signal Processing N How do we conceptualize it? N/A PDF
May 21, 2009 6pm CNY149-2204 Ed Vul [56] Discussion on "Voodoo Correlations" N/A PDF

To facilitate discussion on Ed Vul's paper, we have made the following papers / links available:

Vul et al (2009), "Puzzlingly high correlations in fMRI studies of emotion, personality and social cognition," Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4(3):274-290. (formerly known as "Voodoo Correlations" paper)

Lieberman et al (in press), "Correlations in social neuroscience aren't voodoo: A reply to Vul et al," Perspectives on Psychological Science

Vul et al (2009), "Reply to Comments on 'Puzzlingly high correlations in fMRI studies of emotion, personality and social cognition", 4(3):319-324.

Vul and Kanwisher (in press), "Begging the Question: The Non-Independence Error in fMRI Data Analysis." in Hanson & Brunzl (eds.), Foundations and Philosophy for Neuroimaging.

Jabbi et al, "Response to 'Voodoo Correlations in Social Neuroscience' by Vul et al. - summary information for the press"

Slides from Bob Cox (NIMH) discussion on Voodoo Correlations

For more rebuttals on the Voodoo correlations paper, please visit Ed Vul's website.

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