Friday Lunch Seminar: Tomoyo Morita: "Functional roles of inter-regional inhibition in the human brain." (On-line for CiNet members only: Sign-up required)

Friday Lunch Seminar (English)

November 18, 2022
12:15 〜 13:00

Talk Title: Functional roles of inter-regional inhibition in the human brain.

Tomoyo Morita
Senior Researcher
Brain Function Analysis and Imaging Laboratory
Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet)
National Institutes of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)

Host PI: Hiromasa Takemura

Inhibition in the central nervous system is essential for the brain to function properly. In particular, inhibition between functional brain regions (e.g. Cross-modal inhibition) is assumed to be important for a certain brain region to function without interference from other regions, but its mechanism has not been fully understood. We have been investigating inter-regional inhibition in the human brain, using negative BOLD signals, which can be measured by functional MRI and are thought to reflect neuronal inhibition. In this talk, I will introduce our recent fMRI studies showing that inter-regional inhibition changes with development and aging and that it may have functional roles.