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Helene van Ettinger-Veenstra

PhD, Postdoctoral researcher in cognitive neuroscience at the Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience at Linköping University

Functional magnetic resonance imaging to visualize brain networks: a never-ending story of neural activity

Whenever we are resting, the brain is not. The use of fMRI during a resting state has become an attractive tool for visualizing the continuous alternation between activated brain networks. As an addition to task-based fMRI investigating functional networks, resting state fMRI research has vastly expanded during the last decade. While there has been much focus on the default mode network that controls internally oriented processes, resting state fMRI is just as useful to study externally oriented processes such as attention and cognitive control. I will present the technique of fMRI and in particular resting state fMRI, and discuss its usability. Furthermore, I will give an overview of the functional brain networks that emerge from resting state fMRI and look at what different paths of research have discovered with this method.


Background in cognitive neuroscience with a PhD (2013) in Medical Science from the department of Medical and Health Sciences at Linköping University. Past research focused on fMRI related to language ability, epilepsy, and preterm birth, TMS, and EEG. Current research interests are resting state fMRI, concurrent fMRI-EEG, neuroplasticity, pain, and affective touch.

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