Cognitive functions as revealed by imaging of the human brain


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© 2013 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. All rights are reserved. Functional neuroimaging techniques allow neuroscientists to map the processes of perception, cognition, memory, and action onto the human brain. The core techniques used in current research either measure neuronal activity directly (e.g., electroencephalography, magnetoencephalography) or measure aspects of brain metabolism that provide indirect measures of neuronal activity (e.g., functional magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography). Each technique presents a distinct set of strengths and limitations; some have superior ability to localize processing within the brain (spatial resolution), while others have better capability for evaluating the timing of processing (temporal resolution). As these techniques have matured, they have been applied to an increasingly diverse range of research questions. This chapter highlights some key advances associated with functional neuroimaging, with a focus on research that studies higher cognition and decision making. The chapter ends with speculations about the future directions for functional neuroimaging research, including the roles these techniques will play within neuroscience.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • San Martin, R; Huettel, SA

Published Date

  • November 1, 2013

Book Title

  • Neuroscience in the 21st Century: From Basic to Clinical

Start / End Page

  • 2213 - 2238

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 1461419964

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781461419969

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-1-4614-1997-6_82

Citation Source

  • Scopus