fmri, neuroimaging, and more
I started working with Andy about one and a half years ago. At the time, I only knew how to do basic resting state analyses. However, under Andy’s mentorship, I learned multiple neuro-analytic techniques, including measurement of brain morphometry, diffusion imaging, and complex task-based functional analyses. Concomitantly, I gained experience working with multiple neuroimaging packages such as AFNI, FSL, TORTOISE, and TRACULA. Andy was of critical help in finding solutions to errors I encountered during data processing, which were unique to my dataset. By being actively engaged in the data analytic process, Andy was able to provide specific, nuanced suggestions that I failed to get from online sources (e.g., online forums, neuroimaging blogs). In this regard, Andy would often go above and beyond by preparing videos and scripts customized to my dataset. He would also frequently share resources that could facilitate my understanding of the theory and application of methods used. In addition to these learning experiences, Andy helped draft my first journal publication by providing detailed comments on my manuscript and refining the language to make it more journal-worthy! I am immensely grateful for his enormous contributions to my own growth as a neuroscientist, and for his constant encouragement and support at every step of the way. I am certain that without Andy’s help, I would not have achieved graduate/academic milestones with such ease and confidence. Thank you very, very much, Andy.
Currently, I am a full-time research assistant at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. I am applying for PhD programs this year. I study the cognitive neuroscience of memory and metamemory. Before starting this job last year, my experience was purely cognitive. The transition into cognitive neuroscience, namely learning all things fMRI, TMS, tDCS, etc., has been exciting and challenging to say the least. Indeed, your blog has become a well used resource. What I am going to tell you does not fit neatly into a list of “demonstrations” regarding the usefulness of your blog, but instead points out the real importance of what your blog accomplishes. As I have faced the many challenges that come with learning fMRI, R, matlab, DTI and so on, your blog has continued to be a uniquely straight forward and understandable source of knowledge. If *ahaem* when my own research is able to add to our understanding of the brain, it will be by standing on the shoulders of giants. Your Brain Blog, Andy, is a broad pair of giant shoulders.
Hi Andrew,just wanted to let you know that you have been a tremendous help for me getting to know SPM and FSL. I am about to finish my MA thesis at the University of Maastricht and all this would not have been possible without your videos. Keep up the great work!