State-of-the-Art fMRI scanner arrives in Moore Hall

Researchers in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences have had research-dedicated access to an fMRI scanner at the Dartmouth Brain Imaging Center in Moore Hall since 1999. This past summer, we bid farewell to our old Philips scanner, and installed a brand-new Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner, which will allow us to stay on the cutting edge of research. 

Todd Heatherton, the Lincoln Filene Professor of Human Relations and Director of the Center for Social Brain Sciences, has used fMRI methods that have allowed researchers to identify an area of the brain associated with knowledge about the self.

"One of the most cited papers in cognitive neuroscience was our study showing the medial prefrontal cortex is involved in self-reflection," says Heatherton. "It has been cited more than 1,300 times".

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