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    Macalester College
  Nov 21, 2017
College Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PSYC 385 - Mind Reading: Understanding Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Cross-Listed as NEUR 385 
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive technique used to provide indirect measures of neural activity in healthy (and unhealthy) humans. Although the technique has been readily available to researchers for only about 20 years, its popularity and use has grown tremendously in the last 10, and we now see it influencing aspects of culture and society not traditionally based in biomedical research (i.e., law, politics, economics). This course will cover the mechanics of fMRI, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and explore recent applications that have received wide and sometimes controversial media coverage. By the end of the course, students will understand essential components of the fMRI technique and be informed consumers of primary and secondary source reports involving brain imaging. Prerequisite(s):   or   or   and   and   or   Spring semester. (4 Credits)