UCSB Brain Imaging Center – GE & NFL Head Health Challenge I Winner

Summary

The UCSB Brain Imaging Center, in collaboration with faculty in the computer sciences, is developing statistical methods to detect damage to the deep connections in the brains of patients after mild head injury.

Recent breakthroughs in both MRI scanning and data analysis make it possible to detect subtle brain changes in individual patients after mild concussions. This approach will be tested with clinical data from collaborators using a variety of MRI scanners.

The UCSB Brain Imaging Center, in collaboration with faculty in the computer sciences, is developing statistical methods to detect damage to the deep connections in the brains of patients after mild head injury.

Recent breakthroughs in both MRI scanning and data analysis make it possible to detect subtle brain changes in individual patients after mild concussions. This approach will be tested with clinical data from collaborators using a variety of MRI scanners.

Web Information

Website:  bic.ucsb.edu/

Contact Information

Email:  beach@psych.ucsb.edu

Phone:  (805) 893-5235

Address:Building 251, Room 0804 (BIC)
The UCSB Brain Imaging Center
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9660

Organization

Director: Scott Grafton

Advisory Council:

About

The UCSB Brain Imaging Center a core research facility of the UCSB campus dedicated to understanding the structure, function and dynamical properties of the human brain. Directed by Dr. Scott Grafton the center supports a state of the art 3-Tesla (3T) Siemens magnet resonance imaging system as well as MRI compatible high density electroencephalography hardware.

The main purpose of the Center is to support basic research in cognitive/mind neuroscience using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Functional MRI (fMRI) is a non-invasive technique for indirectly measuring regional activity of the brain. UCSB faculty, post docs, and graduate students are using this technology to study the neural basis of attention, memory, category learning, motor control, spatial navigation, mentalizing, mind wandering and laterality of brain function (among many other topics).

Many other centers and institutes on the UCSB campus interact with the Brain Imaging Center. These include the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies and the Neuroscience Research Institute. The center is also a core resource for training graduate students in the methodologies of cognitive neuroscience.

Research

Mind Science, the study of the psychological, biological, and computational processes that govern mental function.

  • The neurobiological substrates underlying reinforced and motivated behaviors
  • The neural basis of learning and memory
  • Individual differences in brain function
  • The neural basis of spatial cognition and human navigation
  • The neural basis of fluent speech and stuttering
  • The neural basis of representation and reasoning about social agents
  • Altered brain function that occurs as a result of autism, mental retardation, and other learning and cognitive disabilities

Engineering and Computer Science

  • Psychological immersion through virtual reality (VR) display and head tracking technology
  • Content-based retrieval and analysis of brain imaging data
  • Image analysis for brain imaging
  • Brain-computer interfaces and multimodal visualization of fMRI data
  • Secure and reliable delivery of image data
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