Overview of fMRI analysis [chapter]

Stephen M. Smith
2001 Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging  
fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) is a powerful non-invasive tool in the study of the function of the brain, used, for example, by psychologists, psychiatrists and neurologists. fMRI can give high quality visualization of the location of activity in the brain resulting from sensory stimulation or cognitive function. It therefore allows the study of how the healthy brain functions, how it is affected by different diseases, how it attempts to recover after damage and how drugs can
more » ... ate activity or post-damage recovery. After an fMRI experiment has been designed and carried out, the resulting data must be passed through various analysis steps before the experimenter can get answers to questions about experimentally related activations at the individual or multi-subject level. This paper gives a brief overview of the most commonly used analysis pipeline: data pre-processing, temporal linear modelling and activation thresholding. For more details, see Jezzard et al [1] .
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