functional magnetic resonance imaging

noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web Next, the researchers repeated the experiment with six volunteers, showing each person 1000 paintings while using functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan their brains. Sara Reardon, Science | AAAS, "Do you like weird art? Blame your brain," 20 Feb. 2020 To capture the brain activity, the team used a technique called resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI). Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Constant Shifts between Mental States Mark a Signature of Consciousness," 12 Mar. 2020 Hamilton’s own work involves, among other things, putting people in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanners to see how priming affects brain activity. Tom Chivers, Scientific American, "What’s Next for Psychology’s Embattled Field of Social Priming," 13 Feb. 2020 Next, the researchers scanned the brains of thirteen pet dogs of various breeds in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner while presenting the pooches with objects emitting neutral or weak thermal radiation. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "New sense discovered in dog noses: The ability to detect heat," 28 Feb. 2020 The technique is very fast, but catches fewer details compared to the nuances of data obtained by an fMRI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging machine. Ritoban Mukherjee, Quartz, "Don’t panic, but companies are harvesting data straight from your brain," 30 Jan. 2020 In another scientific breakthrough, British neuroscientist Adrian Owen and his colleagues have pioneered the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in patients who appear to be in persistent vegetative states. Jacob M. Appel, STAT, "A ‘radical proposition’: A health care veteran tries to upend the system and bring drug prices down," 9 Jan. 2020 Twenty people were shown images with either a Christmas or non-Christmas theme while having their brain monitored in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. Olly Robinson, Quartz, "Neuroscience discovered what Christmas emotions look like in the brain," 25 Dec. 2019 In humans, this region lights up on a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner when numbers start to vary—a sign that cells are working hard to puzzle through the difference. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Dogs’ Brains Naturally Process Numbers, Just Like Ours," 20 Dec. 2019

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“Functional magnetic resonance imaging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/functional%20magnetic%20resonance%20imaging. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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