If you tuned into the Science Show this week, you’ll have heard Dr. Matt Brookes and Professor Peter Liddle discussing their work in particular fields of functional brain imaging. If you missed out on the show, or simply want to find out more, then you’ve come to the right place!
Before we go into specifics, we should probably ask; what is functional brain imaging? Often referred to as neuroimaging, FBI is a blanket term used to describe a variety of techniques for ‘looking’ inside the brain (without the need for slicing and dicing). Applications range from measuring blood oxygenation in certain regions of the brain, to studying the effects of excessive drinking/ smoking/recreational drug use on your grey matter.
As previously mentioned, there are several different kinds of functional brain imaging, all of which differ slightly in methodology. Together, they can provide a vast wealth of information about the brain. Examples include: