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Tracking Hallucinations inside the Brain

September 16, 2013

What happens in your brain when you hear voices that aren’t there?  What happens when you see things that no one else sees around you?  People with some mental illnesses struggle every day to separate reality from hallucinations and it appears those hallucinations trigger activity in specific parts of the brain.

Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico Vince Calhoun leads a research group that is asking those questions.  Calhoun is searching for a way to identify and characterize mental illness, specifically schizophrenia using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Magneto encephalography (MEG) scanners that can detect activity in various regions of the brain.

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