MRI Now Stands For “Music Recording Interface”?
This is a very cool. There’s been a lot of music videos made over the years, and coming up with something original is pretty difficult to do. I mean, not everyone can be Björk and animate a video as if your spirit lived inside of a living, functioning cell nucleus.
This new video from British singer Sivu was shot entirely inside an MRI machine! It apparently took 3+ hours to get it done, and having been in an MRI machine before, that does not sound fun. On top of that, it’s a pretty damn good song if I do say so myself.
Of course, this isn’t a functional MRI machine, the version that is sensitive to changes in large-scale brain activity. If it was, what areas might we see lit up?
Well, we’d see several regions active that are responsible for pleasure and emotion, with complicated mouthfuls of names like the ventral striatum, amygdala and ventral medial prefrontal cortex. We’d also see regions controlling the mechanics of speech, like the motor cortex, as well as regions that determine self-awareness so he can hear the pitch and adjust it (the insula, for one). And then when we get to accessing language and memorized lyrics? Well that could light up practically the whole brain in different contexts (from this paper):
I say we look into it. Sounds fun.
(via Open Culture)