Magnetic resonance imaging
The INC houses a state-of-the-art 3.0 Tesla Siemens MAGNETOM Prismafit MRI scanner, located at the Center for Innovation and Creativity (CINC) on the CU Boulder campus. This facility is dedicated for research use and is equipped with:
a) 20-channel and 32-channel head coils with parallel imaging capability
b) Pulse sequences for EPI-BOLD, arterial spin labeling, diffusion-weighted imaging (DTI/DSI/DWI, McDESPOT), rapid multislice and multiband imaging, spectroscopy, and others
c) In-scanner physiological monitoring equipment (Biopac, Inc.) and eye tracking (SMI, Inc.)
d) PC and Apple computers as well as identical, active backup computers for stimulus presentation, including common experiment presentation software such as E-Prime, MatLab, PsychoPy, Presentation, PsyScope, and others.
e) Multiple fMRI-compatible display and participant-response interface devices, including a high-quality rear projection system, a gastrometer for delivering gustatory stimuli, noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds, a noise-cancelling microphone to enable digital vocal response recording, dual (bimanual) four-button response boxes, and a trackball for recording continuous behavioral responses.
f) fMRI compatible equipment for delivering thermal pain (Pathways integrated thermal stimulator, Medoc, Inc.) and taste (4-tube fMRI compatible taste pump).
g) A mock scanner with the size, look, sound and feel of the actual MRI scanner to acclimate participants to the scanner environment. In order to train participants to hold still in the MRI scanner, the mock scanner includes a head movement tracking system, which provides tactile feedback to participants when their head movement exceeds an experimenter-determined threshold.
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