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Studying the human brain outside of the lab

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today. Using the latest technology, neuroscientists at the University of California, San Francisco are starting to take their experiments outside of the lab — studying the human brain in more natural environments.

Gazzaley:      So what we'd like to do is move a lot of our laboratory outside of the lab into people's homes. Have them perform these experiments with an EEG cap on and then collect the data wirelessly. That will allow us to study a lot more people and also a more natural environment.

Narrator:       Adam Gazzaley, the director of UCSF's Neuroscience Imaging Center, explains that scientists have only recently been able to study the functioning human brain while people are engaged in activity.

Gazzaley:      We live in immersive environments and so we are interested in pushing our new technology and the tools that we use to study the brain more in that direction where we're using videogame technology and the type of immersive and interactive platforms that are used in entertainment to study the brain.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.