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Brain Imaging (fMRI & fNIR)

We are using fMRI (functional magentic resonance imaging) to analyze what brain areas are active (and to what degree) during context-dependent memory experiments.

We are using a wearable fNIR (functional near-infrared) system to research brain activations during various working memory tasks in different modalities. The fNIR system (named OTIS) is being developed by our collaborators at Archinoetics.

Research
Questions
By knowing, in real-time, what brain areas are active during everyday tasks, can we improve human performance on these tasks by modifying how and when information will be displayed?

Researchers Ben Darling, Jeanine Stefanucci

Collaborators Hunter Downs, Traci Downs, Randy Pausch & the Stage3 Research Group

Publications Stefanucci, J. K., Downs, T. H., Snyder, A. P., Downs, J. H., Proffitt, D.R. (2002). Context-dependent memory engages a frontal-parietal-occipital network. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Creem, S. H., Downs, T. H., Wraga, M., Harrington, G. S., Proffitt, D. R. & Downs, III, J. H. ( 2001). An fMRI study of imagined self-rotation. Journal of Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 1, 239-249.
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