A concise seminar in fMRI methodology: from Physics to Psychology
Seminar: A concise seminar in fMRI methodology: from Physics to Psychology
Presenter: Carlos A. Gomes
Date: 25th April 2014, 9.30-12.00 hrs.
Location: Building A2.4, SRIIb (room 2.16)
Description of the seminar
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is an ever-growing and important neuroimaging technique, and few would disagree that it has been an invaluable tool in the progress of understanding the human mind. Because fMRI is such a multidisciplinary technique, it may, at first, seem a little daunting to the newcomer. This introductory seminar is aimed at providing a general overview into fMRI methodology. During the seminar the students will be guided through the different scientific fields that are related to this fascinating technique in a comprehensive but always accessible manner, thus providing students with a good foundation necessary to understand most fMRI papers in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience fields.
Some of the key topics include:
- What is fMRI?
- MRI safety
- Physics of fMRI
- Physiology of fMRI
- Designing an fMRI experiment
- Preprocessing steps of raw images
- Basic statistical analysis of fMRI data
- More complex statistical analysis of fMRI data
- The problem of multiple comparisons
- Whole-brain vs ROI vs SVC
There are no pre-requisites to take part in this seminar, although the students are encouraged to read the "Suggested Reading" before the seminar takes place, as it will provide a reasonable head start on the topic.