Our Research Methods
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that creates detailed images of your body's organs and tissues using a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves. We use functional (fMRI) to examine the brain's functional anatomy to elucidate which parts of the brain are associated with critical cognitive functions. We also utilize resting-state fMRI (rsfMRI) to assess correlations between brain regions that may indicate a close functional link ("functional connectivity") between those regions. Lastly, we investigate the connectivity of white matter tracts between brain areas using diffusion-weighted MRI (dMRI).
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive method that can be utilized either as a neuromodulation or neurostimulation tool. In contrast to neuroimaging techniques, TMS can modulate the activity of neurons, enabling it to be used for making inferences about the relationships between different parts of the brain and the functions they perform. Our TMS model is MagPro X100 by Magventure, including Localite TMS Navigator for a navigation system and Digitimer for measuring motor evoked potentials (MEPs).
Eye tracking is known as the process of measuring eye movements to determine where a person is looking, what they are looking at, and how long their gaze is in a particular spot. Our eyes are one of the essential tools for cognition and eye tracking is widely used by researchers interested in studying human behavior because it accurately and objectively measures visual attention. The eye tracker in our lab is EyeLink 1000 Plus by SR-Research.
We have a behavioral testing area with a reception room and testing rooms that are specifically designed for behavioral and neuropsychological studies. In addition, we have a variety of neuropsychological batteries and materials. An audio recording system is also available for stimulus and response recording.