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Brenda Anderson

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 16: Imaging Techniques for the Localization of Brain Function

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Imaging Techniques for the Localization of Brain Function
Imaging techniques for the localization of brain function

The incorporation of human imaging methods into the psychological sciences has been rapid and dramatic. The movement of behavioral research in this direction requires careful consideration of these methods and what they reveal about behavior and the brain. For this reason, the present chapter will highlight the basic assumptions that underlie these methodologies. The assumption that behavior is localized in the brain underlies the need for imaging methods in psychology. But these methods are only as good as the information they provide. Accordingly, we start with a review of the relation between neural activity and metabolism in the brain, and then proceed to describe the relation between blood flow and ...

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