UMich Neuroimaging Community

Short version – Hey, we’re going to try to set up a journal club and maybe more general working/interest group on fMRI research.  Sign up if you’d like to be a part!

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Long version:

Neuroimaging has always been a field with rapid methods advances and often a good bit of controversy surrounding them.  This has been recently driven home by both the potential to map and understand the human brain in unprecedented detail put forward by the Glasser et al. paper and the concerns about cluster correction methods and random field theory documented by the Eklund paper.  There is also the release of the COBIDAS guidelines, which journals are considering how to incorporate into their author instructions.

Keeping up with these developments and figuring out how to incorporate them into your lab’s work can be challenging.  There are a lot of very smart and skilled people at UM, and no reason why each lab should go it alone and waste efforts reinventing the wheel.  Several of us have been talking for a while about trying to get an actual fMRI *community* going here, and this seems like a good opportunity to take some steps in that direction.

Step 1:  A Decision Consortium meeting, most likely in October or November, to discuss the Eklund paper and how to respond to it in your lab’s methods.

Step 2:  If there is sufficient interest, a (probably monthly) journal club including people from Psychology, the Psychiatry Methods Core, and people from other departments who are interested.

Step 3:  A site for posting those papers as well as possibly other resources such as scripts, and a discussion forum for questions, job announcements, and facilitating collaboration.  (Again, depending on interest.)  A preliminary forum for discussing questions, interesting papers, and events/job announcements has been set up using Slack at  for those of you who'd like to get a head start!

If you would like to take part in this, do NOT respond to this email.  While we’re hoping for an enthusiastic response, I don’t need all of it in my inbox, and you don’t want me to lose track of your name.  ;-)

Instead, please put your response into this google docs sheet, and we’ll get in touch as we get an idea of the level of interest in different options.


Cindy Lustig

Chandra Sripada

Stephanie Preston

Daniel Kessler

Rachael Seidler

Mike Angstadt

John Jonides

Steve Taylor