Wednesday, May 12, 2004

fMRI in the News

...Well, not exactly.  CNS Spectrums is not what you would call a leading news outlet.  Still, it devoted an entire issue to the subject; I just got it today.  Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the human brain is one of those obscure things that gets mentioned in the news occasionally, but it is not one of those things that reports pick up on and report reflexively.  Probably, that's because most of the individual research findings are so obscure as to be meaningless to someone who does not have a broad understanding of the scientific or clinical context of the discovery.

The functional  part of fMRI refers to the fact that the technique permits imaging of the function of an anatomical part, as opposed to just getting a picture of the part itself.  With fMRI, it is possible to see what parts of the brain become more (or less) active when certain tasks are performed. 

Read the rest at The Rest of the Story, here.