Imaging techniques provide insights into the brain
In order to better understand alterations of brain functioning in mental disorders and stress-related complaints, we also use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as part of the BeCOME study.
The scanning session starts with the initial scans that provide information on the brain’s anatomy. After that, participants are asked to perform several tasks, during which pictures are presented (on a monitor at the back of the bore, visible through a mirror in the head coil) and auditory instructions are provided. Furthermore, we will record several other physiological signals, such as heart rate and respiration. The participants are asked to actively participate in the tasks by means of button presses; the aim is to image functional networks in the brain predominantly related to attention, emotion and motivation.