Boston Museum Of Science Joins The Martinos Center In Commemorating fMRI Anniversary
Happy Birthday, fMRI! The functional imaging technique was first described, by the Center's Jack Belliveau and colleagues, 25 years ago today.
Center Director Bruce Rosen recently spoke with the Boston Museum of Science for a podcast about the past, present and future of fMRI. Listen to the podcast here. And then head over to fMRI25.org to learn more about our ongoing celebration of the 25th anniversary of the introduction of fMRI.
Advanced Analysis Of Brain Structure Shape May Track Progression To Alzheimer's Disease
A new approach to representing brain structure, which looks at the shape rather than the size of particular features, could help to identify individuals in the early, presymptomatic stages of the disease. Martinos Center investigator Martin Reuter and colleagues reported the study in the journal Brain. Read more here.
Different Brain Atrophy Patterns May Explain Variability In Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms
Mathematical modeling of patients' brain scans has revealed specific patterns that appear to be related to the loss of particular cognitive abilities. The Center's Thomas Yeo and colleagues described the findings in a recent PNAS paper. More information here.
Study Suggests How "Super Aging" Older Adults Retain Youthful Memory Abilities
Martinos researchers Brad Dickerson, Lisa Feldman Barrett and Alexandra Touroutoglou led this Journal of Neuroscience study, the first step in a research program aimed at understanding how some older adults retain youthful thinking abilities and the brain circuits that support those abilities. Read more here.
"Shiny Legs" Explained
Last week's "shiny legs" meme was just the latest in a string of optical illusions gone viral. Fortunately for those of us who were swept up in "shiny legs" mania, the Martinos Center's Roger Tootell and colleagues recently published a paper that explains why we saw what we thought we saw. Read about it here. And while you're at it, check out the rest of the Center's Facebook page.