Ville Renvall

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Human voices play a fundamental role in social communication, and areas of the adult "social brain" show specialization for processing voices and their emotional content (superior temporal sulcus, inferior prefrontal cortex, premotor cortical regions, amygdala, and insula). However, it is unclear when this specialization develops. Functional magnetic(More)
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has revolutionized the study of human brain activity, in both basic and clinical research. The commonly used blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal in fMRI derives from changes in oxygen saturation of cerebral blood flow as a result of brain activity. Beyond the traditional spatial mapping of(More)
PURPOSE To reduce the sensitivity of echo-planar imaging (EPI) auto-calibration signal (ACS) data to patient respiration and motion to improve the image quality and temporal signal-to-noise ratio (tSNR) of accelerated EPI time-series data. METHODS ACS data for accelerated EPI are generally acquired using segmented, multishot EPI to distortion-match the(More)
Despite the significance of human touch, brain responses to interpersonal manual touch have been rarely investigated. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to study brain activity in eight healthy adults whose left hand was touched by two individuals, in separate runs and in 20-s blocks, either by holding, smoothing, or poking. Acceleration was(More)
Phantom-based evaluation of geometric distortions in functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) was investigated. An acrylic water-filled phantom with a grid structure was designed and manufactured to provide accurate geometric information over the volume measured in human brain imaging. The grid structures were well detected in data acquired using a(More)
Central autonomic control nuclei in the brainstem have been difficult to evaluate non-invasively in humans. We applied ultrahigh-field (7 T) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and the improved spatial resolution it affords (1.2 mm isotropic), to evaluate putative brainstem nuclei that control and/or sense pain-evoked cardiovagal modulation(More)
Echo planar imaging (EPI) is the method of choice for the majority of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), yet EPI is prone to geometric distortions and thus misaligns with conventional anatomical reference data. The poor geometric correspondence between functional and anatomical data can lead to severe misplacements and corruption of detected(More)
The MGH-USC CONNECTOM MRI scanner housed at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is a major hardware innovation of the Human Connectome Project (HCP). The 3T CONNECTOM scanner is capable of producing a magnetic field gradient of up to 300 mT/m strength for in vivo human brain imaging, which greatly shortens the time spent on diffusion encoding, and(More)
The blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) signal is a widely-accepted marker of brain activity. The acquisition parameters (APs) of fMRI aim at maximizing the signals related to neuronal activity while minimizing unrelated signal fluctuations. Currently, a diverse set of APs is used to acquire BOLD fMRI data.(More)