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 UCSDâ€™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 donâ€™t want to dissect everybodyâ€™s brain while they are alive. Now we can allow different techniques to look into humanâ€™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 brainâ€™s cerebral cortex correlates with oneâ€™s genetic heritage, yet has no bearing on functional or cognitive abilities.
"So, thatâ€™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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