UCSB Brain Imaging Center

The UCSB Brain Imaging Center a core research facility of the UCSB campus dedicated to understanding the structure, function and dynamical properties of the human brain. Directed by Dr. Scott Grafton the center supports a state of the art 3-Tesla (3T) Siemens magnet resonance imaging system as well as MRI compatible high density electroencephalography hardware.

The main purpose of the Center is to support basic research in cognitive/mind neuroscience using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Functional MRI (fMRI) is a non-invasive technique for indirectly measuring regional activity of the brain. UCSB faculty, post docs, and graduate students are using this technology to study the neural basis of attention, memory, category learning, motor control, spatial navigation, mentalizing, mind wandering and laterality of brain function (among many other topics).

Many other centers and institutes on the UCSB campus interact with the Brain Imaging Center. These include the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies and the Neuroscience Research Institute. The center is also a core resource for training graduate students in the methodologies of cognitive neuroscience.

If you are interested in using the facility for research, please see the information on our MRI Users page first. Please contact us if you have any questions.