functional magnetic resonance imaging

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Definition of functional magnetic resonance imaging 

: magnetic resonance imaging used to detect physical changes (as of blood flow) in the brain resulting from increased neuronal activity

called also functional MRI

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The participants' brain activity was tracked by a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine while they were shown each of the photos and subjected to physical pain (a hot stimulus on their left arm). Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "Scientists Discovered the Trick to Actually Getting Over Your Ex," 27 Apr. 2017 The methodology rolled 14 mathematicians into a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine and asked them to view and rate a collection of 60 mathematical formulas that they had previously assessed as beautiful, neutral or ugly. Siobhan Roberts, WSJ, "An Euler Bookshelf: No Ordinary Genius," 22 June 2018 But with the arrival of functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure brain activity, scientists in the last few decades have been able to study the brain activity of dyslexics. Lisa Wood Shapiro, WIRED, "The End of Dyslexia," 18 June 2018 This is our spring-break activity: having our parent-child bond evaluated by a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study and a battery of psychological and physiological tests. Katherine Reynolds Lewis, The Cut, "Can Scientists Tell Me If I’m a Good Mom?," 17 Apr. 2018 Kamitani recently pubished a study showing the use of fMRIs (functional magnetic resonance imaging, which detects brain activity by looking at blood flow) to reconstruct images from a waking person's mind. Charlotte Hawks, CNN, "How close are we to video-recording our dreams?," 4 Apr. 2018 The most widely used technique, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), cannot resolve single neurons, but instead shows blobs of activity across different brain areas. Helen Shen, Scientific American, "Portrait of a Memory," 14 Mar. 2018 To find out, scientists trained eight dogs—mostly border collies—to lie still in a functional magnetic resonance imaging scanner while viewing photos of strangers with either happy or neutral expressions. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Smile! Your dog’s brain will light up in response," 27 Mar. 2018 Neuroscientists have studied the physical effects of meditation using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and other techniques for about 20 years. Bruce Lieberman, Washington Post, "Mindfulness meditation is huge, but science isn’t sure how, or whether, it works," 24 Mar. 2018

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functional magnetic resonance imaging

noun

Medical Definition of functional magnetic resonance imaging 

: magnetic resonance imaging used to demonstrate correlations between physical changes (as in blood flow) in the brain and mental functioning (as in performing cognitive tasks) abbreviation fMRI

called also functional MRI

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