Harald Kerres
Functional Neuroimaging page

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This page serves as an introduction to Functional Neuroimaging
I will mainly focus on a single imaging technique:
functional Magnectic Resonance Imaging

Functional MRI is based on the increase in blood flow to the
local vasculature that accompanies neural activity in the brain

This results in a corresponding local reduction in deoxyhemoglobin.

Since deoxyhemoglobin is paramagnetic, it alters
the magnetic resonance image signal [ more... ]

( example: picture text video )

If you are just curious how this works, read:

Armin Fuchs
[ppt] How a brain get red and yellow spots:
An elementary introduction to functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of fMRI

If you want the fine details:

Phillip Ball
Brain imaging explained At long last neuroscientists know what they're looking at

Nikos Logothetis
[pdf] Neurophysiological investigation of the basis of the fMRI signal

Kota Sasaki
[pdf] Presentation on: Neurophysiological investigation of the basis of the fMRI signal

Hal Blumenfeld
[pdf] Cerebral energetics and spiking frequency: The neurophysiological basis of fMRI

If you like to keep up with the literature:

The Functional Imaging Journal Club at
the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center

Desktop brain surgery

The resources listed below will enable you to explore free
data from real experiments on living brains using free
Neuroimaging software running on several operating systems

Data from journals

The fMRI Data Center at Dartmouth

Most imaging software comes with
tutorial data sets for beginners

Imaging software

Image Analysis Tools Registry at Harvard
of the following:
  surface analysis

of the following:

Fee: Required
Not required
Doesn't matter
Open source: Yes
Doesn't matter

For beginners I recommend Caret

Academic research

Ranking inspired by faculty quality

San Diego
Richard Buxton
[book] Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Hal Blumenfeld
[book] Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases

[pdf] Cerebral energetics and spiking frequency:
The neurophysiological basis of fMRI
George Bush
[pdf] Anterior cingulate cortex dysfunction in
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
revealed by fMRI and the Counting Stroop
San Fransisco
David McGonigle
Functional MRI and Related Techniques, Chapter in
[book] Principles and Practice of Behavioral Neurology
John Gabrieli
[pdf] Neural deficits in children with dyslexia ameliorated
by behavioral remediation: Evidence from functional MRI
Joy Hirsch
Functional Neuroimaging of Human Brain

Washington University in St. Louis
is the home of Caret

Simple questions

A newborn foal is capable of taking its first steps within a single hour of its birth
whereas most children take their first steps between 11 and 14 months.
Popular science wants us to believe that this is due to the length of the foals legs.
Can Neuroscience provide a more convincing answer?

( Question suggested by Wim Oudshoorn )

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