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Looks inside the brain

Looks inside the brain

http://www.ted.com/talks/christopher_decharms_scans_the_brain_in_real_time.html

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Diffusion MRI Diffusion MRI (or dMRI) is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method which came into existence in the mid-1980s.[1][2][3] It allows the mapping of the diffusion process of molecules, mainly water, in biological tissues, in vivo and non-invasively. Molecular diffusion in tissues is not free, but reflects interactions with many obstacles, such as macromolecules, fibers, membranes, etc. Water molecule diffusion patterns can therefore reveal microscopic details about tissue architecture, either normal or in a diseased state. The first diffusion MRI images of the normal and diseased brain were made public in 1985.[4][5] Since then, diffusion MRI, also referred to as diffusion tensor imaging or DTI (see section below) has been extraordinarily successful.

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BBC Future column: why your brain loves to tune out My column for BBC Future from last week. The original is here. Thanks to Martin Thirkettle for telling me about the demo that leads the column. Our brains are programmed to cancel out all manner of constants in our everyday lives. If you don’t believe it, try a simple, but startling experiment. The constant whir of a fan.

Christopher de Charms demonstrates how accurate, fine-grained and real-time fMRI allows one to look at him own brain in action. This allows a person to actively exercise his brain. This supplements Ramachandran's [VS Ramachandran: on your mind] clinical research and treatment. DeCharms' work also allows using Gero Miesenboeck's approach [Gero Miesenboeck: reengineers the brain] on ungenetically altered humans. by kaspervandenberg Nov 7

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