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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  1. Marie T. Banich

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0520

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Banich, M. T. 2010. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Colorado at Boulder

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a method that provides information on both the anatomy and physiological function of the brain. It is a powerful tool for integrating our current understanding of brain function with models of cognition and emotion. Anatomical MRI provides a picture of brain structure, whereas functional MRI (fMRI) provides information about the physiological function of the brain.


  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI);
  • functional MRI;
  • anatomical MRI;
  • cognitive neuroscience;
  • brain-behavior relationships