Current version: PsPM 3.1, incorporating SCRalyze. Released on 25.10.2016
PsPM stands for PsychoPhysiological Modelling. It is a powerful matlab toolbox for model-based analysis of psychophysiological signals, for example SCR, ECG, respiration, or pupil size. Currently, PsPM implements models for all of these modalities, and we are working towards further models, for example, for startle eye-blink EMG.
A response model allows to infer a hidden variable from observable data. For example, sympathetic nerve firing can be inferred from observed skin conductance responses (SCR). This allows for quantitative description of hidden processes, increases the temporal resolution of analysis, and suppresses noise.
PsPM implements simple General Linear Convolution Models (GLM) for evoked SCR, or uses the Dynamic Causal Modelling (DCM) framework – as a tool to invert more complicated, non-linear models of SCR signals, for example for spontaneous fluctuations or anticipatory responses. Inference is drawn in a hierarchical summary-statistic approach (similar to SPM software for functional magnetic resonance imaging).
PsPM also supports other kinds of data, in particular startle eye-blink EMG and eyetracking data.
The flexible software allows import of a number of data formats, including Spike, Biopac, VarioPort, (exported) ADInstruments LabChart, (exported) Biograph Infiniti, (exported) MindMedia BioTrace, Dataq/Windaq, AckKnowledge, ScanPhysLog, EDF, (exported) Eyelink, Matlab, and Text files.
Further features are simple programming of add-ons for import and modelling of new data types and automatic creation of batch scripts via the GUI.
PsPM incorporates the previous software package SCRalyze and offers all features of SCRalyze plus many more. If you started working on a project with SCRalyze and want to continue, you can still find previous software versions, help, and resources on http://scralyze.sourceforge.net.
PsPM is provided under the GNU General Public License (c) Dominik R. Bach, University of Zurich and University College London