The Scheinost Lab develops novel methods for investigating the functional organization of the brain, or a map of what brain regions are responsible for specific cognitive functions, using fMRI data. We are interested in understanding how this organization changes to perform cognitive tasks and where this organization may be altered in clinical disorders. We primarily use measures of functional connectivity, a measure of the similarity in brain activity patterns over time between different brain regions, and real-time fMRI neurofeedback as our main tools for investigation.
Recently, we have begun to study the earliest origins of the brain’s functional organization by imaging the fetal brain. We have developed methods that allow in utero imaging of the fetal brain using fMRI. Our goal is to develop early and actionable perinatal biomarkers of future mental health risk.
The lab is led by Dr. Dustin Scheinost, Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.
- Adults, ages 18 to 65 years old
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods development and perinatal imaging