<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Dr. Sharlene Newman's Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab
Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences








What is functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)?

fMRI is a technique for viewing the brain's structure and functions. Functional MRI allows researchers to visualize and map the parts of the brain used to perform a variety of tasks. The MR scanner is essentially a big magnet.


What will happen if I sign up?

In our lab we are investigating what part of your brain is functioning while you are doing language and spatial tasks. The experiment is broken down into two parts: a practice session and an MRI session.

One or two days before the actual MRI scan, you will be asked to come in for a practice session, where you will be given an overview of MRI procedures and the tasks you will be performing. Some tasks will be paper and pencil tasks, while others will be done on a PC.  At least one computer task will be performed in our MRI simulator, a life size replica that will familiarize you with the MRI environment.  During the simulation, head-tracking equipment will also be used to give you practice keeping your head still, as this is essential component of MRI scanning.

During the actual MRI scan, you will be doing tasks similar to those you practiced.  We will also acquire a number of anatomical scans as references.  You will be in the scanner for approximately 1.5 hours. At any time during the study you will be able to speak with the technologist. Remember you are volunteering and you may choose to stop participating at any time. 



  1. If you have metal in your body from surgery (that is not MRI safe), or have worked with metal that may have resulted in metal shavings in your eye, you can not participate   
  2.  If you are claustrophobic. 
  3.  If you have any body piercing or jewelry that CANNOT be removed. 
  4.  Large tattoos.
  5.  If you have permanent metal retainers or braces (fillings are fine). 
  6.  If you have had a serious head injury. 
  7. A recent history of epilepsy.
  8.  If you are under 18 years of age.. 
  9.  If you weigh 300 pounds or more.


Get your brain scanned!