Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Literary Cognition Lab
Literary Neuroscience
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Brain Data Research Group

The Brain Data group’s primary goal is to analyze neuroimaging data (fMRI) to discover neural mechanisms i.e. networks, regions controlling processes, comparing results to current models, behind questions around reading and aesthetics. We use FSL (a software tool used to analyze fMRI data), R (a coding based statistics tool), and MATLAB (a powerful coding program that can be used to run models or create stimulus designs) to accomplish these goals. Generally, experiments start as behavioral investigations and then are transitioned to a neuroimaging study. One of our jobs is to assist in the transition of behavioral studies to the neuroimaging stage to make sure the study fits the parameters needed to be sent to a scanner. After the experiment is said and done, we then used the tools described above to draw conclusions on the study e.g. reading, aesthetic pleasure, based on experimental results.