Techniques used to study the brain in relation to behaviour

Techniques (plural) used to study the brain in relation to behaviour (make sure they are able to identify specific behaviours)

The choice of techniques used to correlate the brain with behaviour is based on a variety of factors including ….

  • opportunity
  • available technology
  • costs

An awareness of these limitations as well as the strengths of these different techniques is important when evaluating the contribution they have made to understanding behaviour.

  • fMRI, MRI, EEG, CAT, PET
  • Observations from autopsy, stroke and accident victims
  • One or more examples of a technological technique used to understand the brain and behaviour can be used.

Miss Wood thoughts:

I would be inclined to teach this integrated into a more concrete topic, go topic based for biological, do something on HM for localisation and then tie it into methods as well e.g. the use of brain scanning to collect data as a part of a case study but also as part of experiments as well. Then have a think about how aggression can be tied in, e.g. what brain rehion would you look at and then what methods does that link to through the supporting studies? Try and choose something that uses a different sort of brainscan to Corkin. You can also pick up Maguire later on in neuroplasticity so this will also cover MRI.

In the old spec you had to: Discuss the use of brain imaging technologies at the BLOA (for example, CAT, PET, fMRI) in investigating the relationship between biological factors and behaviour – so this does not seem too different to previous stuff you used to do.

re limitations of certain brain imaging techniques, do not use expensive or claustrophobia or can’t be used with people with pacemakers etc.