Advances in the acquisition and analysis of the functional magnetic resonance imaging of the human brain


Fa-Hsuan Lin

10:20:00 - 11:10:00

101 , Mathematics Research Center Building (ori. New Math. Bldg.)

Complex behavior and cognitive functions of the human brain are suggested to be “mapped at the level of multi-focal neural systems rather than specific anatomical sites, giving rise to brain-behavior relationships that are both localized and distributed”. To better understand how human brain works to complete sensory processing, and subserves cognition and behaviors, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), has become an indispensible tool in neuroscience and cognitive science research.

In this talk, we will present recent progress of MRI technologies. Specifically, acquisition and analysis methods with enhanced spatiotemporal resolution will be introduced. New applications of fMRI with naturalistic stimuli will be also presented. Lastly, we discuss challenges and opportunities of analyzing these data and correlating them to neurophysiology.