Behavior, neuropsychology and fMRI

Prog Neurobiol. 2016 Oct-Nov;145-146:1-25. doi: 10.1016/j.pneurobio.2016.07.001. Epub 2016 Jul 5.


Cognitive neuroscientists in the late 20th century began the task of identifying the part(s) of the brain concerned with normal behavior as manifest in the psychological capacities as affective powers, reasoning, behaving purposively and the pursuit of goals, following introduction of the 'functional magnetic resonance imaging' (fMRI) method for identifying brain activity. For this research program to be successful two questions require satisfactory answers. First, as the fMRI method can currently only be used on stationary subjects, to what extent can neuropsychological tests applicable to such stationary subjects be correlated with normal behavior. Second, to what extent can correlations between the various neuropsychological tests on the one hand, and sites of brain activity determined with fMRI on the other, be regarded as established. The extent to which these questions have yet received satisfactory answers is reviewed, and suggestions made both for improving correlations of neuropsychological tests with behavior as well as with the results of fMRI-based observations.

Keywords: Behaviour; Functional magnetic resonance imaging; Neuropsychology; Psychiatry.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior / physiology*
  • Cerebral Cortex / physiology*
  • Functional Neuroimaging / standards*
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests / standards*
  • Neuropsychology / standards*