The fMRI Experience began as a postgraduate organised conference, to enable novice access to expertise in a developing and technically complex area, and for mutual support. This article investigates the seventh annual iteration of this emergent conference and evaluates its educational value. Key features are free attendance supported by sponsorship, a clear focus on student needs and a strong social programme and participation ethos to facilitate interaction. Predominantly qualitative data suggests that the event is of value to postgraduate participants and is also successful in attracting the participation of internationally leading researchers. The implications and value of the event for postgraduate education and for developing new fields of enquiry are discussed.
Bibliographical note© Sage 2007. The final publication is available via Sage at http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/plat.2007.6.2.150
- fMRI experience
- educational value
- postgraduate participants
- internationally leading researchers
- postgraduate education