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Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies are subject to several important problems, which can limit how much can be learned from the results. 

 

Imagine that you have designed a study to contrast mental rotation with passively watching rotating stimuli on the screen (the control task), and you observe statistically significant activation for mental rotation in three brain areas: (1) pre-motor and primary motor cortex, (2) intraparietal sulcus in posterior parietal cortex, and (3) inferior frontal sulcus in the prefrontal cortex. 

 

Discuss what you think these results mean and what problems limit the interpretations of your findings.

200 words / 10 marks.

 

 

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