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A Lab That Specializes In The Non-invasi…ve study of brain function

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The Multimodal Imaging Lab at the University of California, San Diego is comprised of an interdisciplinary group who study the human brain using a variety of imaging, recording and computational techniques. Chun Chieh Fan, a graduate student in UCSD’s Cognitive Sciences Department, explains the benefits of studying brain function non-invasively.

"To study human brain in vivo is quite a difficult question because we want to know how brain function, but we don’t want to dissect everybody’s brain while they are alive. Now we can allow different techniques to look into human’s brain in vivo to see how they work."

Fan was part of a team that recently used techniques at their lab to discover that the three-dimensional shape of the brain’s cerebral cortex correlates with one’s genetic heritage, yet has no bearing on functional or cognitive abilities.

"So, that’s the main purpose of doing the multimodal because we can combine all the different technique together to really know how human brain function."

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