Brain Scans

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Brain scanning techniques have helped psychologists be able to research what goes on in the brain and draw conclusions about how/why this affects our behaviour.  There are two types of brain scanning techniques, structural (MRI) and functional (PET).

MRI Scans (magnetic resonance imaging)

  • This displays a picture of the brain of a person without having to cut open the skull
  • It looks at areas of damage or where tumours are present
  • It works by placing patients in a large scanner which contains a strong magnet.
  • The magnet causes the nuclei of hydrogen molecules to…


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