In the Lab

Collage of scientists prepping and looking at slides
When the Calgary Brain Bank receives a donation, neuroscientist Jeffrey Joseph meticulously divvies up tissue samples for researchers to study.
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PET is one of the most important techniques for measuring blood flow or energy consumption in the brain. This method of measuring brain function is based on the detection of radioactivity emitted when positrons, positively charged particles, undergo radioactive decay in the brain.
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Providing a high-quality, three-dimensional image of organs and structures inside the body without X-rays or other radiation, MRIs are noninvasive and unsurpassed in the anatomical detail they show.
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Medical professionals have come to rely on even more specialized forms of the MRI machine, each suited to spotting specific warning signs.
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Much faster than a traditional MRI, MEG can be used to provide even more information about brain activity.
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Scientist targeted by animal rights activists asks about the ethics of inaction.
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A major breakthrough in understanding how the brain accomplishes learning and memory began with the study of a person known by his initials, H.M.
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One of the most prominent human abilities is language, a complex system involving many components, including sensory-motor functions and memory systems.
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Once the neurons reach their final location, they must make the proper connections so that a particular function, such as vision or hearing, can emerge.
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In this two-part lesson by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, students learn the advantages, disadvantages, and potential of diagnostic imaging technologies in brain research.
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A video shows how scientists are making a blueprint of the brain to develop adaptive robots.
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This Web resource highlights the valuable role that animals play in biomedical research. The anatomy of the reward pathways in the human brain and the rat brain are compared to emphasize their similarities.
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Explore the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center in Belmont, Mass., which houses more than 6,000 samples and specimens.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.