Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
VCNLab members conduct functional magnetic resonance imaging research at St. Joseph's Imaging Research Centre (a 5 minute drive from campus).
The IRC is a research-only facility, housing a 3T GE scanner, an IMRX display and response system, and an Avotech display system. A 64-channel MRI compatible EEG system is available as well.
The VCNLab houses dedicated systems for imaging analysis, and analyses are conducted using BrainVoyager and customized Matlab code.
VCNLab members currently are using fMRI to investigate how neural systems change as a function of learning and experience, to understand the mechanisms underlying face and object processing, and to determine the effects of aging on neural systems, particularly with respect to visual processing.
Our fMRI research is funded with generous support from CFI, OIT, McMaster, NSERC, CIHR, and the Canada Research Chair program.