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The Problem with fMRI

Joseph Sparks

8th February 2017

An article on discusses recent research which highlights a major flaw with fMRI. If the results of this research are correct, it could have a significant impact on our understanding of the human brain and over 40,000 studies that have used fMRI scanners since the early 1990s.

The problem is relatively simple: the software that sifts through the fMRI images has a tendency to suggest differences in brain activity which does not exist. A rather amusing example in the literature reported brain activity in a dead salmon fish, demonstrating how fMRI scanners can infer activity from nothing.

To read this rather interesting and alarming article, click here.

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Joseph Sparks

Joseph is a Subject Advisor for Psychology at tutor2u. He is an experienced Psychology & Music Teacher, Writer, Examiner and Presenter. He is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Education and is passionate about the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

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