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This book offers a comprehensive introduction to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which has become the dominant research technique in cognitive neuroscience. Accompanying the book is a comprehensive CD-ROM, with fMRI data sets and exercises that are suitable for self-study, homework assignments or a laboratory course. To enhance the students' understanding, the chapters covering the biology and physics of fMRI, pay careful attention toward relating any abstract concepts to research applications. Research in the field is aided and encouraged through systematic discussions of research design and experimental analysis. It discusses future directions for fMRI, not only in terms of advances in understanding the brain and methodological improvements, but also in the integration of fMRI with other research techniques.This textbook provides a true introduction to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which has become the dominant research technique in cognitive neuroscience. The book presents a comprehensive overview of all aspects of fMRI, designed with undergraduate students, graduate students and beginning researchers in mind.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780878932863
ISBN-10: 0878932860
Format: Hardback
(285mm x 223mm x 25mm)
Pages: 550
Imprint: Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S.
Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S.
Publish Date: 25-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Scott A. Huettel

SCOTT A. HUETTEL is Associate Professor in the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center and Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. He is also faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurobiology, and Psychology. He received a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Duke University. His research uses behavioral and functional neuroimaging techniques to investigate the executive control of behavior, with particular focus on decision-making, reward evaluation, and neuroeconomics. ALLEN W. SONG is Director of the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center and Professor in the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. His Ph.D., in Biophysics, was earned from the Medical College of Wisconsin. His research involves the development and optimization of new methods to improve the functional sensitivity and specificity of fMRI. A central focus is the development of alternative contrast mechanisms for fMRI, including diffusion and perfusion imaging and direct imaging of neuronal activity. GREGORY MCCARTHY is Professor of Psychology at Yale University. He is also a Research Career Scientist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. McCarthy is broadly interested in the functional anatomy of the human brain, an interest he has pursued using behavioral, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging methods. One goal of his research is to elucidate the brain mechanisms of high-level visual function, particularly with regard to perception of faces and visual motion cues for social cognition. Another line of research investigates executive functions, particularly in the frontal lobe, and how they are altered by distracting or emotional stimuli.