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Published March 12, 2014, 06:23 PM

Florida scientist talks brain chemistry at MSU-M

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A scientist who studies the brain gives a little glimpse into his world today at MSUM. Dr. Nelson Klahr uses MRI machines to study activation pathways in the human brain.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A scientist who studies the brain gives a little glimpse into his world today at MSUM.

Dr. Nelson Klahr uses MRI machines to study activation pathways in the human brain. He also teaches in Tampa, Florida.

Klahr says the high cost to operate MRI machines, the danger of keeping people in one for too long, and the restrictions on movement while someone is in an MRI machine make mapping the brain difficult. He's studying how the brain reacts to addictions, cravings and other stimulus, like television commercials.

Dr. Nelson Klahr - Neuroscientist: “Top down is when you see an advertisement or you’re driving by McDonalds and you crave that hamburger. You crave that food or you crave, when seeing a beer, you actually crave it. Bottom Up is when you actually drink it.”

Dr. Klahr says he will next explore how different sized doses of alcohol affects neural timing.

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