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Presurgical brain mapping with fMRI has focused on the identification and preservation of so-called “eloquent” brain functions (i.e., motor and language), however, mapping of “non-eloquent” areas, such as cognitive and emotional networks, is essential for preserving and improving patients’ quality of life. Resting-state fMRI can be used to simultaneously explore multiple resting-state networks (e.g., default mode, attention, salience, and executive functional networks) related to higher order brain functions.

In addition to resting-state fMRI, an emerging fMRI paradigm with naturalistic stimuli, i.e., movie clips, can be used to map emotion networks.

Three-dimensional views of the cognitive and emotional networks in a patient with a right frontal glioblastoma.

Department of Neurosurgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Hale Building for Transformative Medicine
60 Fenwood Road, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02115

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