Nancy Kanwisher, the Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT, talks about the history of attempts to find functionally specific regions in the human brain, what it means for a brain region to exhibit functional specificity, the important role of fMRI in the study of brain function and use of functional Regions of Interest (fROIs) in the analysis and interpretation of fMRI data, and what aspects of the human brain enable uniquely human abilities such as language understanding.
- Functional specificity in the human brain: A very brief history (12:41)
- Functional specificity: What it means and what it doesn’t (17:53)
- Why use functional regions of interest (fROIs)? (25:17)
- What’s special about human brains (14:48)
- Nancy Kanwisher's TED Talk (17:40)
- Nancy's Brain Talks (multiple videos)
- Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Physics (8:39)