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Addiction research at MRN focuses primarily on two main areas — the striatum (in red) and anterior cingulate (in blue). These areas activate more strongly in response to alcohol and drug cues than they do in response to other appetitive cues, such as a sugary drink.
The analysis and informatics capabilities at MRN include: advanced multivariate algorithms and software tools, graph theoretic measures, approaches for fusing multimodal brain imaging and genetics data, prediction of outcomes, automated analysis pipelines and centralized data management and storage.
Primary autism research focuses on two brain circuits, one supporting auditory processing and language function (blue), and the other supporting social cognition and face processing (red). Additional research explores multimodal sensory processing, epilepsy in autism, and the development and evaluation of novel treatments.
Psychopathy research at MRN examines the overlapping contributions of substance abuse and psychopathy. Psychopathy dysfunction is in the limbic brain regions (blue), anterior and posterior cingulate cortices (blue and red) and amygdala. Substance abuse is also found in the prefrontal regions (blue), as well as the basal ganglia (green).
MRN researchers study relationships between connectivity and structure of circuits involving the anterior cingulate gyrus (red), medial orbital frontal lobe (blue) and cerebellum (green), characterizing differences between healthy children and those born prematurely and with other developmental disorders.
Schizophrenia affects communication between areas in the frontal and temporal lobes (in red). In bipolar disorder the key areas include the inferior frontal lobes and the more “emotional” parts of the brain (not shown). Parietal areas (in blue) can be affected in both psychoses.
Traumatic Brain Injury research at MRN suggest subtle lesions (green) following mild TBI, including metabolic and functional abnormalities in otherwise healthy appearing tissue. These lesions are often missed because they are not located in common sites of functional disturbances (red) and white matter injury (blue).
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Carla Harenski, PhD
Dr. Harenski studies the neuroscience of psychiatric disorders that are related to criminal behavior and incarceration (e.g., psychopathy, substance abuse, paraphilias). Of special interest is social emotion and cognition (e.g., empathy, moral judgment) in these conditions. This research is conducted in prison populations, which is made possible via the Mind Research Network’s mobile magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system and…
Mind Input Device
Testing subjects in a magnetic environment is a challenge, particularly if the test requires manual switching and/or signal transmission. Subject-response devices must be non-magnetic and preferably non-metallic to reduce unwanted signal noise that would need to be filtered. In addition, these devices must restrain the wrist to limit unwanted movement, while keeping the fingers comfortably positioned on the response…