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Homework Assignment #1

Hello! Hope you all are off to a great start this morning. Just a reminder, here are the thought questions from last nights assigned reading: What kinds of techniques do Posner and his colleagues use to localize cognitive functions? How is PET scanning used to study cognitive processes? What kinds of assumptions does PET scanning make? What is the reason for subtracting activations recorded in a control state from those recorded during presentation of a target stimulus? What is the joint approach that Posner believes…

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Glass Brain

Yesterday, I posted about the ‘BigBrain‘ project, which resulted in an online resource that allows anyone to scroll through a high resolution, digitized brain model.  Today, I was browsing through the wonder that is the internet, and stumbled upon ‘Glass Brain‘, which looks at brain function, rather than structure.  Glass Brain uses advanced methodology and statistical analyses to track electroencephalography (EEG) signals – this allows them to look at effective connectivity, or how information moves through the brain.  You’ll learn about EEG and effective connectivity at Brain…

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Some of you have probably heard of President Obama’s BRAIN initiative.  It’s basically a concerted (federally supported) effort aimed at figuring out the underpinnings of neurological and psychiatric diseases that have a strong brain basis, as well as trying to understand how a healthy brain works.  Concurrently, there is an incredibly strong push to have open source data sharing.  This combination is a geek’s perfect storm. Case in point: The BigBrain project.  An interactive atlas that allows you to scroll through the brain at ultra high…

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