Optical imaging of brains

Optical imaging offers a look inside the working brain. This lecture takes a look at orientation and ocular dominance columns in the visual cortex, and shows how they can be viewed with calcium imaging. Speaker: Clay Reid.

By Allen Institute for Brain Science
Published Oct, 2012

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Topics covered:

  1. Putting the size of the brain in context
  2. Studying brain activity on different levels
  3. Brain imaging: MRI/fMRI, optical imaging, two-photon microscopy with calcium imaging
  4. Speed and resolution
  5. Precursors to optical imaging
  6. Ocular dominance
  7. Fluorescence microscopy
  8. Imaging in vivo with single-cell resolution
  9. 1-photon vs 2-photon microscopy
  10. Modern techniques


Some basic knowledge of neurons and the visual system, comparable to the two first lectures in this series.