Resting state data is fMRI data collected while the subject is at rest, but not sleeping. This often involves staring at a fixation cross, but one group has devised a more engaging activity which nevertheless generates resting state networks. See the Inscapes article. This 7 minute movie can be shown to participants during a resting state scan. It is available on the task computer at the UofA scanner (on the desktop, and labeled 01_Inscapes_NoScannerSound_h264 1.mp4). Or you can download the original inscape movie with or without scanner sound.