Supported by our u.s. and global brain imaging partner Academic Imaging Services PLC and dr vivek sehgal, prof dept of radiology, loyola university, chicago

The goal of cognitive psychology is to develop and test theories about how the mind works. In this commentary, we address the question of how fMRI can be used to help cognitive psychologists understand cognition. We start by putting forth our own views: that fMRI can inform theories about cognition by helping to answer at least four distinct types of questions.


Cognitive improvement and brain changes after real-time functional mri neurofeedback training in healthy elderly and prodromal alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-associated neurodegenerative disease. It is the most common type of dementia, but no satisfactory treatment for it has been established yet, posing a major challenge for an aging society.


uses, misuses, new uses and fundamental limitations of magnetic resonance imaging in cognitive science

This paper reviews the established capabilities of BOLD contrast fMRI, the perceived weaknesses of major methods of analysis, and current results that may provide insights into improved brain modelling. These results have inspired the use of in-vivo myeloarchitecture for localizing brain activity, individual subject analysis without spatial smoothing and mapping of changes in cerebral blood volume instead of BOLD activation changes. The apparent fundamental limitations of all methods based on nuclear magnetic resonance are also discussed.



“These findings help reinforce a strategy whereby individuals may be able to improve their emotional functioning—their mood, their anxiety, their experience of depression—not only by directly addressing those phenomena, but also by indirectly improving their general cognitive functioning,”