Pre-Meeting Workshops

Virtual Workshops

There is one pre-meeting workshop and one post-meeting workshop offered virtually this year.  Online registration will be available soon.


Sunday, October 4 - Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 (two day workshop)
Pre-Meeting Workshop: 
Organizer and Presenter: 
Dr. Steven Luck, University of California, Davis

Sunday, October 4, 2020
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., EDT

Monday, October 5, 2020
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., EDT

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., EDT

Prior to the workshop, registrants should complete an asynchronous fully online course, Introduction to ERPs, created by Dr. Luck. This online course is completely free, should take 5-10 hours to complete, and can be accessed at It is essential that registrants complete this online course before attending the workshop, even if they already have significant ERP experience. The online course will provide a common vocabulary and set of examples, and it will allow the workshop to focus on more advanced topics and interactive discussion.

Event-related potentials (ERPs) are one of the most commonly used noninvasive measures of human brain activity. This workshop will provide a practical introduction to using ERPs to answer questions about sensory, cognitive, affective, and motor processes in basic science and clinical research. The goal of the workshop is to provide you with a sufficiently detailed overview so that you can fully understand and evaluate published ERP studies and start on the road to conducting your own ERP studies.  It is designed for beginning and intermediate ERP researchers—at any career stage—who would like to obtain a firm grasp of the fundamentals of ERP research.

Outline of Workshop:

A.     What are ERPs and How are They Generated?
B.     Examples and Advantages of the ERP Technique
C.     Common ERP Components
D.     EEG Data Acquisition
E.     Artifact Rejection and Correction
F.     Design and Interpretation of ERP Experiments
G.    Standard ERP Processing and Analysis Steps


Saturday, October 10 - Sunday, October 11, 2020
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., EDT
Post-Meeting Workshop: ERP Decoding Methods
Organizer and Presenter:
Steven J. Luck, PhD
Center for Mind & Brain and Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis

Gi-Yeul Bae, PhD, Arizona State University
Aaron M. Simmons, BS, University of California, Davis

Registration is FREE.  Pre-registration is required.

Interested in learning how to apply MVPA decoding methods to ERP data? We will be presenting a pair of webinars on ERP decoding as part of our Virtual ERP Boot Camp. Each webinar will be approximately 90 minutes.

Part 1 will be a general overview of how ERP decoding works, what kinds of things can be decoded, and the strengths and weaknesses of decoding relative to traditional univariate ERP analysis methods. This part will be led by Steve Luck.

Part 2 will be a how-to workshop led by Gi-Yeul Bae (who developed our decoding approach) and Aaron Simmons (the lab manager for the Luck Lab). They will go through our decoding pipeline line by line so that you’ll be able to easily apply it to your own data. Everything is in Matlab, using a bit of EEGLAB and ERPLAB and a lot of custom code that can be easily adapted for a broad range of experiments. Part 2 will assume that you’ve done Part 1 and that you have at least a little Matlab coding experience.

We will focus on decoding for basic science and preclinical research, not for engineering applications. For example, our methods are not very useful for brain-computer interfaces., but they can be incredibly powerful for answering scientific questions about the human mind and brain. For an overview of our approach and links to recent papers, see this blog post:

Registration is free for this post-meeting workshop, but pre-registration is required.



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