The Corpus Callosum

Two Views Of Neuroscience

Back in 2004 I blogged
about a study of functional neuroimaging.  That was one view:
the technical/scientific side of things.

Today, I got another view.  On the blog Brian Kerr,
Brian wrote
a project he and some others have started: Assistive Media.
 Their idea is to have volunteers read magazine articles, then
make the recordings available to blind persons (podcasts, MP3,
Realplayer).  One of the articles came from the Ann
Arbor Observer


One man’s odyssey at the University Of Michigan Anxiety Clinic.

It’s an account of a guy who enrolls in the functional neuroimaging
study, as a normal control.  Despite the title, it is not
overly sarcastic or critical.  He more or less describes what
happened, and what he thought about it.  Although the author’s
perspective is hardly that of the average research participant, is is
interesting to hear what the “subjects” go through.


  1. #1 Shelley
    June 19, 2006

    Oh no! They’re giving away all our evil UM Neuroscience trade secrets!!! 🙂

  2. #2 Robert P
    June 19, 2006

    My fMRI study (as a test subject) was miserable. The student messed up the first two scans so I was in the tube for about 1.5 hours. By the end I was practically hallucinating from the noise and constant bang-bang-bang-bang-bang.

  3. #3 Deb
    June 19, 2006

    Welcome to your new blog home.

  4. #4 Edward Vielmetti
    June 20, 2006

    Thanks for the link. There’s a bit more background on the Assistive Media service at

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