May 2009 - September 2009
First, I learned what the importance of the different parts of our brain are - from the prefrontal lobe, to the gyri, to the nucleus accumbens - and how they relate to each other.
Then, I read numerous papers on the subject of prefrontal lobe, caudates, putamen, striatum, VTA, nucleus accumbens, and amygdala.
With the acquired knowledge, I preprocessed functional MRI data of heroin addicts using AFNI in Linux after drawing masks of the regions of interest by the amygdala.
I correlated and analyzed results with t-tests and a range of ANOVA f-test pseudo-automated using Bash scripts. I worked together with a Doctorate student to derive significance from the results for the purpose of writing a publication.
Concurrently with this research, I created a medical graphic diagram for the head professor's research paper.