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2-Minute Neuroscience: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

Functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, is a popular neuroimaging method that enables us to obtain images of brain activity. In this video, I discuss how fMRI works, what is represented in a typical fMRI image, and some of the methodological problems associated with the use of fMRI.


Functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, is a type of neuroimaging used to obtain images of brain activity. fMRI involves exposing the brain to multiple magnetic fields, and relies
on the observation that protons in the nuclei of hydrogen atoms respond to this procedure by emitting an electromagnetic signal that can be detected by the fMRI scanner. The fMRI scanner is capable of determining some of the properties of the tissue the signal came from, and can use this information to reconstruct a high-resolution image of the brain. Additionally, the fMRI scanner can detect differences in the magnetic properties of oxygenated vs. deoxygenated blood, and thus can identify changes in levels of oxygenated blood in different regions of the brain using a method called blood-oxygen-level-dependent, or BOLD, contrast.

BOLD is typically what enables us to identify which brain areas are most active in fMRI. Areas of the brain that are more active tend to receive higher levels of oxygenated blood. Thus, higher levels of oxygenated blood in a particular brain region are believed to correspond to higher neural activity in that region. On a typical fMRI image, color-coding is used to represent differences in the level of oxygenated blood and thus differences in activity. Activity in those areas can then be associated with whatever task was performed at the time of the scan.

fMRI was developed in the early 1990s and since has become a very popular neuroimaging method. Nevertheless, in its short history fMRI research has been plagued by issues like small sample sizes, the use of methods that lead to a high number of false positives, and a small proportion of study results that have been independently reproduced. As the field has become more aware of these problems, many researchers have begun to adjust their approach to address them.


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MRI image at :40 courtesy of DrOONeil on Wikimedia Commons:

Functional MRI (fMRI)

Describes the physics and bio-mechanics of functional MRI

fMRI - How it Works and What it's Good For

For a long period of time we didn't know anything about that brain. That's because it's extremely hard to measure changes in electric signals that indicate brain activity.

Scientists had to wait until 1992 for the invention of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) in order to observe brain activity.

This video was made for the competition, but is and will remain freely available for all interested in learning a bit more about how brain scientists use for their work.


Das Gehirn war für eine sehr lange Zeit ein Mysterium. Das liegt daran, dass die elektrischen Ströme, die Aufschlüsse über die Funktionsweise des Gehirns liefern können, extreme schwach und schwer zu messen sind.
Wissenschaftler mussten sich bis 1992 gedulden. Die funktionale Magnetresonanztomographie (fMRT) ermöglicht den Blick in das aktive Gehirn.

Dieses Video erklärt, wie fMRT funktioniert und zu welchem Wissen über das Gehirn es uns verholfen hat. fMRT bleibt ist auch heute noch ein Platzhirsch unter den Methoden der Neurowissenschaftler und wird auch in Zukunft vieles über das Gehirn in Erfahrung bringen.

Dieses Video wurde für den Wettbewerb produziert, bleibt aber weiterhin für alle zugänglich, die Interesse daran haben zu lernen, was die Hirnforschung so alles macht.




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