You’ve no doubt seen those colorful pictures of the brain, with different sections of the brain colored yellow, red, green, and blue–a rainbow pattern of colors spread out across the brain. These images are generated by a brain imaging technology called “functional magnetic resonance imaging” or fMRI for short. fMRI can detect the relative degree… Read More Brain Imaging: What Good Is It?
Two researchers at the National Institutes of Health, Charles Limb and Allen Braun, asked six jazz pianists to improvise at the keyboard, while their heads were inside a brain scanner known as a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. The brain scanner is immense–it fills up an entire room–and to get your brain scanned, you… Read More Your Brain on Jazz
I just returned from speaking at a workshop hosted by the National Science Foundation headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. I know everyone loves to bash government bureaucracy, but the NSF is a quality organization and I’m always impressed with everything they do. This workshop was no different, with the title “Art, Creativity, and Learning”. The mission… Read More The Neuroscience of Creativity