Playing a cello (inside an MRI scanner)

Performing a quasi-real-time fMRI scan of a performing cellist presents considerable problems to researchers. Aside from the extreme lack of space, if the cello had any metallic components it could present a danger anywhere near the über magnets of an operational MRI machine. Such considerations have prompted a research team from the Input Devices and […]

“in a brain scanner… stocks & bonds”

This week’s Phrase of the Week is: “participants were placed in a brain scanner while they chose stocks and bonds“. The phrase appears in a Feb 1, 2010 Carolyn Johnson article in the Boston Globe. The article describes the study “Variability in Nucleus Accumbens Activity Mediates Age-Related Suboptimal Financial Risk Taking,” Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin, Camelia […]