Friday 18-Dec-2020, 13:00-17:00
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences) theme issue

Key relationships between non-invasive functional neuroimaging and the underlying neuronal activity

Compiled and edited by Anusha Mishra, Clare Howarth, Catherine N. Hall and Ralph Freeman

Over the past 30 years, neuroscience research has been revolutionised by our ability to image brain activity using blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This imaging technique has provided many important insights into human brain function and cognition. However, there are several open questions regarding what BOLD fMRI can, and can’t, tell us about neural activity. This special issue discusses recent advances in the acquisition and analysis of BOLD signals, developments in our understanding of biological mechanisms which affect these signals, the benefits of combining information obtained at different spatial scales, and how each of these has the potential to improve our understanding of the relationship between BOLD signals and the brain activity which they represent.

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