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What research issues concerning fMRI are more important to the psychologist than to the neurosurgeon? In your response, find and describe an example of psychological research that is investigated with fMRI.
Neurosurgeons typically use the fMRI as a pre-surgical planning tool. It helps them to see what they are going to be working on before hand. One thing they do is try to identify the language region of the brain so they can avoid tampering with it during surgery. The fMRI has helped to reduce errors during neurosurgery. The fMRI has been very helpful in the psychology world. It has opened up many doors and helped to answer numerous questions. It is helping them to discover things such as why it is harder for some people to stop smoking than others, how to help people tame addictions, how and why we make the decisions we make, and even the best way to cure dyslexia. One study that stuck out to me in particular was one done by Dr. Richard Davidson. He and his colleagues scanned the brains of monks who had spent 50,000 or more hours practicing mediation. Their goal was to find out if you could possibly train your brain to be happy. Their results showed that mediation triggered the section of the brain that was associated with joy and happiness. I found that so fascinating that you can actually train your brain to be happy!
www.apa.org "Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A New Research Tool" found at: http://www.apa.org/research/tools/fmri-adult.pdf (accessed September 5, 2015)
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