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2014 -11 Blobs on the Brain

We’ve become familiar with news reports with titles like “Brain region X is activated in response to chocolate” but we’re less familiar with the MRI techniques used in these studies. Our understanding of the physiology behind the MRI is not as good as those news reports suggest and interpreting MRI results is an area fraught with difficulty. I’ll describe some of my work investigating the physiology underlying MRI and discuss the ways in which researchers are tackling the investigation of these complex physiological processes. This is a young and exciting field that may help us investigate brain disease as well as telling us why those media stories need to be treated with caution.
Monday 3rd November 2014 - 7.00pm
Aisling Spain, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield