The past ten years (1990-2000) had been designated the decade of the brain, as this has been the one of the subjects of major research focus worldwide in medical sciences. During this period there has been tremendous research in brain sciences leading to numerous technological developments and establishment of fundamental clinical protocols to understand brain functions. The next decade beginning the twentyfirst century will continue the momentum of brain research; this is evident from the numerous publications in scientific journals. This is currently one of the most exciting and progressive times in scientific advancement in the field of brain function, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) represents one of the most advanced and potentially enlightening techniques that have ever been developed. According to published reports, the number of published research papers using fMRI has increased exponentially from two in 1990 to over 3877 currently (May 2005).
ASJC Scopus subject areas