Searching for capital ‘T’ Truth in ‘Brain Porn’: Useful, not perfect

Cory Inman, Ph.D.

‘Brain Porn’ Not So Seductive After All?

Though the article title is a bit over the top (you surprise me sometimes NPR), here are 2 great articles on something that is always on the mind of neuroimagers (and should always be).

“Some members of the public may appreciate the inferential leaps behind a neuroimage, but the details get pretty complicated pretty quickly, and popular science coverage rarely even hints at this complexity.

Instead, it could be that neuroimages – and neuroscience in general – are a battleground for warring intuitions. On the one hand, there’s a tendency towards reductionism that leads people to find concrete, spatially meaningful renderings of brain activity irresistibly real and objective in a way that beliefs and emotions and the other contents of mental life are not. On the other hand, we resist the idea that mental life is nothing more than a series of spatiotemporally…

View original post 205 more words

Advertisements

What’s The Missing Link – More Data in the form of FMRI

Migraine Discussions

fMRI is defined by Princeton.edu as:

functional magnetic resonance imaging: a form of magnetic resonance imaging of the brain that registers blood flow to functioning areas of the brain

The fMRI has been found useful in the research of autism spectrum disorder, helped make leaps and bounds with Alzheimer’s disease, and can map the way a patient uses their brain telling us which activity is in which region and when! After that it’s up to the team of specialist to use this information to benefit the patients case, personally I think fMRI need to become more common as we move into an age of more frequently personalized medicine.

I mean I’ve read that there are fewer than 300 headache specialist worldwide, that is scary when 12% of our world suffers migraines or another form of disabling neurological pain such as cluster headache another medical anomaly. I think frequent use of…

View original post 211 more words