This week, instead of a lecture we had an excursion to Aalto Neuroimaging Infrastructure in Otaniemi. It consisted of four different parts: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS), Aalto behavioral laboratory (ABL) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). This was a very good combination, and it was nice to see in practice what kind of brain research people do here at Aalto. Again, it gave us a more concrete perspective to these imaging modalities.
What was the most interesting during this excursion was maybe the Aalto behavioral laboratory, where eye movement tracking methods and lie detecting tests were demonstrated to us very concretely. The other three devices were obviously also interesting, but quite familiar to us already since some of us had for example been measured using MRI and MEG. After the Nexstim excursion, we already had familiarized us with TMS, but this was a good recap of the basics.
This week exercise was about motor system. The exercise consisted of five essays that were related to the chapters 13 (spinal control of movement) and 14 (brain control of movement). These essays were good way to internalize the content of these two reading chapters.
We are also looking forward to the feedback of our previous exercises.