• Question: do you use MRI scans as part of your research?

    Asked by ciarafleming14 to Damien, Suzi, Tim on 23 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Tim Fosker

      Tim Fosker answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Hi @ciarafleming14

      No I’ve had my own MRI scan done, but I don’t use MRI in my research, I measure electrical brain activity (EEG) instead. EEG is great for telling you about the time things happened, but not very good at telling you where they happened in the brain like functional MRI is.

    • Photo: Suzi Gage

      Suzi Gage answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Hi @ciarafleming14
      I don’t at the moment, but when I was studying for my MSc I used the scanners. We scanned people’s brains to work out where on their skull certain areas of the brain were located, which we then stimulated using a technique called ‘Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation’

      I explained it here to someone else http://ias.im/58.2874

      Like Tim, I’ve also had my brain scanned. It’s quite fun.

      Bristol has recently got our own scanner, so there may well be more experiments I can take part in, going in a scanner.

      Have you ever had your brain scanned? Would you like to?