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First Images Show Monkey Brains at Work

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Science  10 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5374, pp. 149
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5374.149a

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Researchers have published the first functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI) of activity in a monkey's brain, achieved by patiently training the monkey and designing a special seat to restrain it in the magnet. These studies could ultimately help neuroscientists get more out of human fMR images, and should also benefit traditional electrode studies of monkey brain activity by providing a way to identify the parts of the brain active during certain tasks.