This module comprises two topics:
(i) The physical principles of modern neuroimaging techniques, biophysical tissue properties that are exploited for generating image contrast, as well as signal processing strategies involved. In addition to state-of-the-art imaging technology including a 7T whole-body MRI scanner and a 306-channel MEG system, well-equipped electronics and radio-frequency workshops are available for methods-oriented research projects.
(ii) Signal processing, which includes topics such as image analysis and visualization concepts, statistical evaluation, morphometry and connectivity analyses, spatio-temporal modelling, cognitive modelling and theoretical models of brain function.
Fundamental knowledge covering all four modules is imparted during the first two years in the form of lectures, courses, and seminars run at the MPIs and the UL. This provides a comprehensive foundation for students’ research in Neuroscience, and opens up horizons for potential interdisciplinary approaches.