YOUR BRAIN

NEVER RESTS

 

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Resting State, the Brain’s Default Network and Functional Connectivity
 

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One of the most surprising findings in neuroscience is that our brains are constantly at work. Whether we are highly engaged, idling or falling asleep – our central nervous system never gets to rest.


Research during the last decade has shown that the brain's energy consumption is increased by less than 5% of its baseline energy consumption while performing a focused mental task. Why is the brain spending so much energy in the absence of any mental work? How does the constant presence of "background noise" affect our attempts at deciphering task-specific neural events and areas?

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2012 VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

College of Arts and Science

Student Feedback

“This class covered a wide range of techniques in brain research and has provided a window into greater understanding of where the field is headed, including giving a better understanding of the BRAIN mapping initiatives and the connectome projects.”



I really enjoyed the course format - preparing presentations that assume no background knowledge was very challenging and rewarding. It made me have a much stronger grasp on the material, and has provided some of the best teaching/talk prep that I've had.”

“Very interesting class about resting state and functional connectivity. The class covered the wide range of topics


I also. received a lot of helpful feedback on my presentations and I think that [the] suggestions will be very helpful in near future.

Overall, it was a great course.”