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fMRI Users Group Portal
A portal for the fMRI users community. This is a place for support questions, data storage, and user guides among other resources.

Upcoming Meetings
fMRI User Group meetings are open to the neuroscience community. Here you can find upcoming dates and meeting agendas.

Spring 2019 Pilot Study Call

The Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior is pleased to announce that funds will be available to support pilot MRI scans for new neuroscience projects. 4 awards will be given, each for up to 25 MRI scan hours at the MRIRC.  The purpose of these awards is to encourage the collection of pilot MRI data that will lead to new external funding.  Priority will be given to fMRI studies with a focus on brain activity and/or behavior.  Projects will be reviewed by the committee and ad hoc reviewers with relevant expertise.  An important component of the application will be a plan for how the resulting data will be used to apply for external funding.

 

Who can apply?  Faculty who are members of the Neuroscience Institute. 
 
How to apply?  The deadline for submission is March 1, 2019. If the allocated funds are not awarded there will be a second call later in the year. Download the application
 
Fine print.  Recipients of these pilot funds will be asked to present their proposed research to the MRIRC Users Group meeting soon after the grant is awarded.  Scans must be completed within one calendar year from the time of award.  We strongly recommend that applicants obtain IRB approval before submitting the request for funds.
Awarded studies

Effect of age on brain vascular permeability
Principal Investigator: Issam A. Awad, MD PhD (Surgery)
Summary: The aging brain involves chronic vascular pathology, causing ischemic and hemorrhagic changes, and cognitive decline.

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Effort-reward decision-making in math anxious individuals
Principal Investigator: Sian Beilock, PhD (Psychology)
Summary: Many individuals report strong feelings of tension, apprehension, and fear of math. This emotional reaction, termed math anxiety, has long been associated with avoidance of math and poor math performance.

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Drug effects on neural responses to stimuli
Principal Investigator: Harriet de Wit (Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience)
Summary: The goal of this study is to examine the effects of a stimulant drug on brain activity while participants view images of varying sensory complexity.

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Aesthetic sensitivity, art education, and empathy
Principal Investigator: Jean Decety (Psychology)
Summary: The arts represent a unique means of expressing and communicating
about the human condition.

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Effect of Electrical Stimulation on Brain Activity During Recollection Attempts
Principal Investigator: David Gallo, PhD (Psychology)
Summary: Electrical brain stimulation with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has the potential to significantly advance our understanding of human cognition, but the technique’s validity has been questioned.

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Functional mechanisms underlying abnormalities of Fidgety Movements in three month old infants following perinatal brain hypoxia-ischemia
Principal Investigator: Jeremy Marks, Phd MD (Pediatrics)
Summary: Perinatal brain hypoxia-ischemia in newborns results in a spectrum of neurodevelopmental outcomes, from no disability to intellectual disability and cerebral palsy.

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Mental imagery in a foreign language
Principal Investigator: Marc Berman, PhD (Psychology)
Summary: Mental imagery is a fundamental cognitive process often elicited via language.

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Neural Alterations Associated with Hallucination Propensity in Borderline Personality Disorder
Principal Investigator: Sarah Keedy, PhD (Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
Summary: Perinatal brain hypoxia-ischemia in newborns results in a spectrum of neurodevelopmental outcomes, from no disability to intellectual disability and cerebral palsy.

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