31 Aug '14, 11am

THP Semifinalist: fNIR Brain Imager

THP Semifinalist: fNIR Brain Imager

The current research tool du jour in the field of neuroscience and psychology is the fMRI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging. It’s basically the same as the MRI machine found in any well equipped hospital, but with a key difference: it can detect very small variances in the blood oxygen levels, and thus areas of activity in the brain. Why is this important? For researchers, finding out what area of the brain is active in response to certain stimuli is a ticket to Tenure Town with stops at Publicationton and Grantville. fMRI labs are expensive, and [Jeremy]‘s submission to The Hackaday Prize is aiming to do the same thing much more cheaply, and in a way that will vastly increase the amount of research being done with this technique. How is he doing this? Using the same technology used in high-tech vein finders: infrared light. [Jeremy]‘s idea is much the same as a ph...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2014/08/31/thp-semifinalist-fnir-brai...

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