Brain Imaging in the Modern Era

Dr. Laurie Slifka has authored questions for Hawkes Learning’s course, Introduction to Psychology. Hawkes arranged this webinar for Dr. Slifka to share some of her expertise with our community of Psychology instructors from across the country. At Hawkes, we understand the value of partnering with faculty in order to create and maintain high-quality course materials. We believe that your expert insight is invaluable.

Advances in brain imaging technology have allowed us to safely examine the human brain in vivo (i.e., in a living human). These advances have further helped us to elucidate areas of the brain essential for complex cognitive abilities.
This webinar provides the learner with an understanding of principles of the commonly used brain imaging methods to examine brain structure (e.g., anatomy) and function (e.g., activity).
The following techniques are discussed: electroencephalography (EEG), positron emission tomography (PET), structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).
Furthermore, the webinar provides the learner with an understanding of the numerous applications of modern brain imaging technology in the field of psychology.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Laurie Slifka is research neuropsychologist with specific expertise in health conditions, such as human immunodeficiency virus and early life stress, that primarily impact brain structures deep beneath the surface of the cerebral cortex. A majority of her research studies incorporate neuropsychological tests and structural neuroimaging. She has also developed research protocols and statistical analysis plans, designed neuropsychological batteries, and created databases for integration of clinical, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological data.
She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for her work investigating brain integrity in individuals with human immunodeficiency virus. Additionally, Dr. Slifka has contributed to numerous peer review publications and presented work at international conferences. She currently serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several peer review journals including, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, Behavioural Brain Research, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, and Neurobiology of Aging. Dr. Slifka has a passion for teaching and utilizes her abundant training and research experiences to inform and greatly enrich her teaching and mentoring practices.