The Brain and Space & Principles of fMRI | Coursera

Hi everyone,

The time has come for me to start the courses of “The Brain and Space” by Jennifer Groh of Duke University and Neural Basis of Perception Laboratory, and the “Principles of fMRI 1” by Martin Lindquist from Johns Hopkins University and Tor Wager from University of Colorado at Boulder.

While the courses are not severely related, they are both interesting for me, who is trying to learn as much as I can about the brain. I will try to comment without revealing too much of them. Go watch them if you want to know more.

The Brain and Space course discusses about how the brain creates our sense of spatial location from a variety of sensory and motor sources, and how this spatial sense in turn shapes our cognitive abilities. On the first lecture I learned about the eye and Vision as an introduction to visual representation of space.

The “Principles of fMRI 1” covers the design, acquisition, and analysis of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) data.On the first lecture, I was introduced to fMRI, and data acquisition and reconstruction of MR images.

There are several parallel courses I’m taking at the moment, including the “Synapses, Neurons and Brains”, “Computational Neuroscience” and, if all goes well, “Visual Perception and the Brain”. It feels a bit too much but considering my availability, I think I might be able to work them well and publish something here.

Sincerely,

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Author: Pedro Oliveira

I am a Master of Informatics and Computer Engineering, graduated from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. I am also an amateur photographer, volunteer at BEST and former member of TEUP. I am curious and creative, organized, assertive but reserved, friendly and caring. I like writing, music, photography, Japanese culture, fitness, sports and media entertainment. I am interested in Brain-Computer Interfaces, Virtual Reality, Game Design and Development, PR, Marketing, Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development.

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