"...the single most critical piece of equipment is still the researcher's own brain. All the equipment in the world will not help us if we do not know how to use it properly, which requires more than just knowing how to operate it. Aristotle would not necessarily have been more profound had he owned a laptop and known how to program. What is badly needed now, with all these scanners whirring away, is an understanding of exactly what we are observing, and seeing, and measuring, and wondering about." - Endel Tulving, interview in Cognitive Neuroscience (2002, Gazzaniga , Ivry & Mangun, Eds., NY: Norton, p. 323)
These data and tutorials are part of a long-term initiative to develop an open-access online source for teaching of fMRI Data Analysis. The initiative stems from over 15 years of teaching of Psychology 9223: Neuroimaging of Cognition by Prof. Jody Culham at the Western University
Tutorials utilize a free educational version of Brain Voyager (for Mac, PC or Unix/Linux) that works with the teaching data set. http://www.brainvoyager.com/ Brain Voyager offers an intuitive GUI-based cross-platform interface (for Mac, PC or Unix/Linux) that facilitates data exploration. Nevertheless, emphasis is on concepts that generalize across software platforms. We gratefully acknowledge support from the Brain Voyager development team, particularly Rainer Goebel and Armin Heinecke.
Programmer Kevin Stubbs provided invaluable help in data processing and troubleshooting. MRI Facility Manager Joe Gati, MR technologist Scott Charlton, and Sr. MRI Research Technologist Trevor Szekeres advised on data collection. Tutorial development benefitted from contributions from earlier ad hoc tutorials developed by previous 9223 teaching assistants: Ken Valyear, Samantha Podrabarec, Scott Macdonald, Ed O’Neil and Ethan Jackson. It also benefitted from example tutorials developed by the Psychology 9223 class of Fall 2017 & 2018. We hope that future students and collaborators will help us improve and extend the tutorials.