In this set of experiments we found the surprising result that the motor system is broadly inhibited during the preparation of responses. For example, your left index finger is inhibited when you prepare to move your right pinky finger. We suggest a new framework to account for this unexpected result and propose that an inhibitory brain mechanism suppresses noise in the motor system to facilitate the recruitment of a selected action.
Here is a link to a blog by our resident physicist at UC Berkeley who has been helping to conduct fMRI in dogs on our scanner: Dog fMRI at UC Berkeley
We are trying out a shared blog/personal website. This may or may not evolve into a tool for sharing our research and our scientific outreach. We hope it will help keep our colleagues, friends, and family updated about our lives without getting too weird.