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Building the Roads in the City of Your Brain

Authors
  • Simmonds, Daniel1
  • Goldberg, Margot2
  • Luna, Beatriz3
  • 1 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
  • 2 Pittsburgh King K-8 Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh
  • 3 Center of Neuroscience University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers for Young Minds
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Apr 24, 2014
Volume
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/frym.2014.00017
Source
Frontiers
Disciplines
  • Neuroscience
  • New Discovery
License
Green

Abstract

“Are you ready to go into the spaceship? Remember to stay very still!” This is what you hear before the bed you are lying down on starts to slide into a long, tube shaped machine. You can almost imagine that it really is a spaceship, and that you, with your helmet, earphones, and small viewing screen, are the pilot, about to blast off into outer space! Your favorite space movie starts playing on the screen, and the machine suddenly turns on, making very loud sounds like “boop-boop-bleep,” and you imagine you are in an alien spaceship battle. But this is no spaceship – it is a special machine called a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, and it can take hundreds of pictures of your brain that help us to see how your brain works and what it is made of.

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