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Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Layout 1 Book reviews 233 medical students but also by whetting the appetite of those readers who want to learn more. Saheli Sadanand Yale University Graduate School ofArts & Sciences Functional Magnetic Resonance Im- aging. 2nd edition. By Scott A. Huettel, Allen W. Song, and Gregory McCarthy. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates Inc. 2008. 510 pp. US $88.95 Hard- cover. ISBN: 978-0878932863. Over the last 20 years, functional mag- netic resonance imaging (fMRI) has ma- tured from an infant technology used by a select few researchers to the dominant re- search modality in modern cognitive neuro- science. While the inclusion of fMRI theory and technique in neuroscience education is undisputed in value, no text has thus far emerged as sufficiently comprehensive yet accessible to students. This is due, in part, to the fundamentally interdisciplinary nature of fMRI.While many authors could compose a text on the physics of fMRI, the relationship between thought and neuroanatomy, or ex- perimental design and data management, Huettel, Song, and McCarthy have endeav- ored to give birth to a single work that intro- duces each of the aforementioned subjects specifically as they relate to fMRI. Func- tional Magnetic Resonance Imaging fills a previously vacant niche in the educational armamentarium of students and professors of cognitive neuroscience. This highly readable book flows like an introductory college textbook in that it pre- sumes very little knowledge on the part of the reader. Unlike so many other texts dis- cussing fMRI, it warmly welcomes students from a variety of educational backgrounds. For example, elementary terms such as ion, neuron, central nervous system, and stan- dard deviation are defined as they are first mentioned, effectively bringing even the most novice student up to speed. The book progresses logically fromMR scanners and signals to the connection be- tween neuronal and hemodynamic activity to experimental design and statistical analy- ses while walking the rea

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