UConn’s new state-of-the-art fMRI scanner in the Brain Imaging Research Center allows researchers to visualize the brain carrying out language and other cognitive tasks in real time. The scanner is yielding the clearest pictures yet of the inner workings of the human brain, and marks an important milestone in UConn’s continuing rise to prominence in the cognitive and brain sciences.

Cover image for UConn Health Journal, The Brain Issue. (Getty Images)

The Most Complicated Object in the Universe

UConn Health Journal: UConn Health pioneers explore new frontiers to better understand one of humankind’s perpetual mysteries.

A brain-shaped printed circuit board. (Alfred Pasieka,/Science Photo Library via Getty Images)

Brain Awareness: Toward Growing an Artificial Mind

UConn Health/JAX researcher Min Tang-Schomer is experimenting with nerve cells and electrical signals in a dish to recreate the way neurons 'talk' to each other in the brain.

Tiffany Johnson of Bloomfield holds her son, Quincey, who was born at 25 weeks, weighing one pound 14 ounces. (Peter Morenus/UConn File Photo)

Brain Awareness: Can Caffeine Save the Tiniest Babies’ Brains?

Two UConn researchers are exploring ways to mitigate the effects of extended development outside the mother's womb on the brains of pre-term babies.

UConn researchers are studying the complex science of seizures. (Elizabeth Caron/UConn Photo)

Brain Awareness: Brainstorming Better Seizure Treatments

UConn researchers are studying the complex science of seizures, with the ultimate goal of developing new, more targeted, anti-seizure treatments.

As part of an investigation into why humans move as they do in crowds, UConn researchers compare the flocking behavior of soccer players with that of inanimate particles. (MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Brain Awareness: Soccer Players May Offer Clues to Collective Movement

Flocking as a behavior is found among inanimate objects as well as living beings. Does that mean the brain doesn't have to think about it?

Dr. Charan K. Singh, right, holds a 3-D printed model of arteries and a catheter while speaking with Dr. Clifford Yang at UConn Health. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Health’s New 3-D Printed Model Allows Brain Surgeons to Practice

A team of researchers at UConn Health converted MRI brain scans into something a 3-D printer could interpret, enabling them to print an inexpensive, true-to-life teaching model of the brain’s major arteries.

NIH postdoctoral fellow Virginia Hawkins looks though a microscope at the Pharmacy/Biology Building. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

The Veins in Your Brain Don’t All Act the Same

UConn researchers, including undergraduate students, have discovered that the blood vessels in one part of the brain act differently than elsewhere in the body, in order to keep us breathing.

With UConn Health poised to open a new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in April, the head of the neurology department discusses this common seizure condition. These MRI scans show a brain tumor and associated swelling that triggered a patient’s seizures. (UConn Health Image)

I’ve Heard of it, But What Exactly is Epilepsy?

With UConn Health poised to open a new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in April, the head of the neurology department discusses this common seizure condition.

Music and the brain. (Christa Tubach/UConn Image)

Music and the Mind

UConn researchers are using fMRI technology to explore the hypothesis that music speaks to the brain in a language all its own.

How the brain controls speech. (Christa Tubach/UConn Image)

How the Brain Controls Speech

UConn research to better understand how the brain applies meaning to words could ultimately help people with communication disorders.