Chapter 4 - The Imaged Brain

Links and Media

Lecture given by Professor Geoffrey Aguirre on the physics and biology of fMRI. There are three other lectures as part of this series covering various other issues about study design and analysis, in depth, concerning fMRI
Thomas Insel is the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and, in this TED talk, discusses how methods such as neuroimaging shed new light on how we think about “mental” illnesses
A lecture from Professor Jamie Ward, author of The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience on “The Imaged Brain and Lesioned Brain”

Additional Reading

A good review of one of the latest methods of analysing fMRI data (multi-voxel pattern analysis)
Tong, F. & Pratte, M. S. (2012). Decoding Patterns of Human Brain Activity. Annual Review of Psychology, 63, 483–509.
An important paper that discusses the limitations as well as benefits of functional imaging
Kosslyn, S. M. (1999). If neuroimaging is the answer, what is the question? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B, 354, 1283–1294.
Guidelines for reporting an fMRI study. This paper will be useful for researchers engaging with fMRI but also to students who are wanting to critique papers in this field
Poldrack, R. A., Fletcher, P. C., Henson, R. N., Worsley, K. J., Brett, M., & Nichols, T. E. (2008). Guidelines for reporting an fMRI study. Neuroimage, 40(2), 409–414.