July 30, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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What constitutes a normal brain? How can we measure the brain abnormality? How can we locate the (ab)normal brain function on a brain map? Most importantly, what are we exactly measuring? The mind? And how accurate are we?
In the previous meet up, we traced the history of human brain mapping from Franz Gall's phrenology, to cytoarchitectural map of Broadmann, to Wilder Penfields' sensory/motor Homunculus, to Talairach and Montreal Neurological Institute Atlas (MNI152), to the German/Canadian BigBrain. (you can find a copy of the handouts in the Pages)
We now have a general understanding of the most fundamental prerequisite in brain cartography: A standard, scaled and detailed template of a "normal" brain!
In this meeting, we will start from the historical context and move forward to the current state-of-the-art technologies and the science that measures brain activity. After this meeting, you will know what it is that the fMRI technique measures, and what are the unknown and the ongoing questions.
SUGGESTED READING: How Stuff Works!
fMRI-Markets that need a healthy dose of skepticism (we will discuss why):
Pain Relief (http://www.omneuron.com)
Neuromarketing (e.g. this company http://www.salesbrain.com or this one http://www.neurosense.com)
Forensics (e.g. this company http://www.noliemri.com)