research: pyneal - real-time fMRI software

Pyneal: rt-fMRI software development

Pyneal is a set of open source tools I developed for accessing and analyzing fMRI data in real-time. It offers pre-built analysis routines, as well as the option of writing custom statistical models (using a provided template) that can be executed on each incoming volume. The output of the analysis is hosted via its own server, allowing experimental presentation software to access the results as needed.


  • Python-based GUI and tools for interfacing with the scanner and analyzing incoming fMRI data
  • Built-in analysis options including incremental GLM and summary statistics on specified ROIs
  • Custom stats module, allowing users to write their own python-based analysis routines (template and sample scripts included)
  • Matlab/PsychToolbox functions for retrieving data throughout task presentation
  • Sample PsychToolbox code for feedback displays
  • Scan simulator for testing and debugging

Software development funding support:

  • W.M. Keck Foundation

awarded to Andrea Stocco PhD, Chantel Prat PhD, & Rajesh Rao PhD

  • NIMH R01 MH094743
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship
  • Klingenstein Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences
  • Dana Foundation Brain and Immuno-Imaging Program

awarded to R. Alison Adcock, MD, PhD