Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an enormously versatile and non-invasive technology that has transformed clinical medicine. MRI has also revolutionized the scientific study of the living human brain; using MRI scientists can measure function while people are performing tasks or measure structure and function over development, or training, or in response to therapeutic interventions.

Over the past 25 years, scientists have been developing new experimental and computational MRI methods that provide insights into the function, structure, and plasticity of the living human brain. The presentation will introduce the operational principles of the MRI scanner.  Then, Dr. Wandell will explain the basic biophysical principles that permit us to measure functional and structural properties of the human brain. Finally, he will describe findings that are providing a deeper understanding of human visual perception and brain plasticity.

About the Speaker

Dr. Brian Wandell is the Founding Director of Stanford’s Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging and Associate Director of Stanford’s Neuroscience Institute. Professor Wandell’s research centers on vision science, spanning topics from visual disorders, reading development in children, to digital imaging devices and algorithms for both magnetic resonance imaging and digital imaging. Professor Wandell’s teaching at Stanford reflects his multiple areas of expertise. He has taught courses on behavior, perception, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, image systems and computational He has also led classes on color science and computer applications for engineers and managers from more than 200 companies. In addition to numerous scientific articles, Brian Wandell is the author of the vision science textbook Foundations of Vision.