Mapping Brain Function

  • 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.



fMRI-Markets that need a healthy dose of skepticism (we will discuss why):

Pain Relief (

Neuromarketing (e.g. this company or this one

Forensics (e.g. this company



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  • Joseph

    Very good

    July 31, 2013

  • Monica

    I am sorry but won't be able to make it tonight. I will catch up next meeting.regards

    July 30, 2013

    • Naj

      No problem, we had a really great meeting and discussions; hope you can come next time.

      July 31, 2013

  • Kent C.

    It is good to see people that care about knowledge.

    1 · July 30, 2013

    • Naj

      I really enjoyed myself tonight; yes it is great to know how much we all strive to know. Thanks for being there Kent!

      July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I will not make it. But hopefully see you next time.

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cannot attend this week.

    July 29, 2013

    • Naj

      Hi Dorothy; thanks for letting me know. No problem, hope to see you next time.

      July 30, 2013


    Let's give that a try. Curious.

    1 · July 30, 2013

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