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___ ____ __ __ / __)( _ \( \/ ) \__ \ )___/ ) ( Statistical Parametric Mapping (___/(__) (_/\/\_) SPM - http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/ R E A D M E ________________________________________________________________________ This README gives a brief introduction to the installation and use of the SPM package. Full details can be found on the SPMweb site: http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/ A manifest for this release is contained in the file Contents.m The release is described in the file spm.man ________________________________________________________________________ SPM Statistical Parametric Mapping refers to the construction and assessment of spatially extended statistical process used to test hypotheses about functional imaging data. These ideas have been instantiated in software that is called SPM. The SPM software package has been designed for the analysis of brain imaging data sequences. The sequences can be a series of images from different cohorts, or time-series from the same subject. The current release is designed for the analysis of fMRI, PET, SPECT, EEG and MEG. ________________________________________________________________________ Installation The SPM software is a suite of MATLAB functions, scripts and data files, with some externally compiled C routines, implementing Statistical Parametric Mapping. MATLAB, a commercial engineering mathematics package, is required to use SPM. MATLAB is produced by The MathWorks, Inc. Natick, MA, USA. http://www.mathworks.com/ eMail:firstname.lastname@example.org. SPM requires only core MATLAB to run (no special toolboxes are required). SPM8 is written for MATLAB version 7.1 onwards under Windows and UNIX. (SPM8 will not work with versions of MATLAB prior to 7.1 (R14SP3)). Binaries of the external C-mex routines are provided for Windows, Linux and Mac. Users of other UNIX platforms need an ANSI C compiler to compile the supplied C source (Makefile provided). See http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/software/spm8/ for details. Later versions of MATLAB (released after SPM8), will probably need additional patches in order to run. Once developed, these will be made available from: ftp://ftp.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/spm8_updates/ With the compiled c-mex files in place, simply prepend the SPM directory to your MATLAB path to complete the installation. (Type `help path` in matlab for information on the MATLAB path.) ________________________________________________________________________ Getting started SPM is invoked with the command `spm` at the MATLAB prompt. We recommend you start by reviewing the help system, by selecting "About SPM" from the splash screen. This initially displays the "spm.man" topic, detailing this release. Press the "Menu" button to display a representation of the SPM menu window, with buttons linked to appropriate help pages. Before attempting to analyze data using SPM, we recommend you spend some time reading. It is essential to understand the concepts of Statistical Parametric Mapping in order to effectively use the software as a research tool. You should begin with the SPMweb pages, particularly the "Documentation" page. Of the resources listed there perhaps the most useful starting point are the SPM course notes, which explain the concepts and theories implemented in SPM at a lower level than the articles in the peer reviewed literature. Note that SPM uses NIFTI-1 format images as standard. See http://nifti.nimh.nih.gov/dfwg/ for more information on this. ________________________________________________________________________ Resources The SPMweb site is the central repository for SPM resources: http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/ Introductory material, installation details, documentation, course details and patches are published on the site. There is an SPM eMail discussion list, hosted at <email@example.com>. The list is monitored by the authors, and discusses theoretical, methodological and practical issues of Statistical Parametric Mapping and SPM. The SPMweb site has further details: http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/support/ Please report bugs to the authors at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Peculiarities may actually be features, and should be raised on the SPM eMail discussion list, <email@example.com>. ________________________________________________________________________ Disclaimer, copyright & licencing SPM (being the collection of files given in the manifest in the Contents.m file) is free but copyright software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public Licence as published by the Free Software Foundation (either version 2, as given in file spm_LICENCE.man, or at your option, any later version). Further details on "copyleft" can be found at http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/. In particular, SPM is supplied as is. No formal support or maintenance is provided or implied. ________________________________________________________________________ SPM is developed by members and collaborators of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging $Id: README.txt 3028 2009-04-01 12:02:59Z guillaume $