maggiekb at April 16th, 2014 13:59 — #1
cowicide at April 16th, 2014 18:01 — #2
making me skeptical of my skepticism.
I think that's the sign of truly intelligent people who can allow themselves to do that.
geoff_arnold at April 16th, 2014 18:45 — #3
I also thought that the neuroconsciousness folks - from Koch to Churchland - were getting out ahead of themselves. But over the last few weeks I've been reading "Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts" - http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMCVXO0/ - and the results are pretty impressive. Even if image representation is tricky, the relationship between unconscious processing and consciousness is becoming much clearer thanks to some really cleverly-designed experiments.
crenquis at April 16th, 2014 19:16 — #4
If there is doubt about the ability of fMRI to properly register brain activity, then they should be able to duplicate the experiments with FDG PET imaging which tracks glucose usage in the brain rather than oxygen (assuming that review boards still allow psych experiments that involve the radiation exposure of a PET scan).
Perhaps the FUD about fMRI is just propaganda from Big Positron...
daenris at April 17th, 2014 10:03 — #5
Unfortunately, the temporal resolution of PET scanning isn't high enough to use it to verify fMRI in most psychological tasks.
Here's a figure that compares them directly on temporal resolution: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v468/n7321/fig_tab/nature09569_F1.htmlOr alternatively, page 4 of this document: http://www.bus.umich.edu/neuroacrp/Yoon/Huettel.pdf has an even more detailed figure comparing spatial vs temporal resolutions of a larger number of neuroimaging techniques.
crenquis at April 17th, 2014 12:57 — #6
Thanks for the links. It has been around 19 yrs since I really delved into imaging..
maggiekb at April 21st, 2014 13:59 — #7
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