BBSRC David Phillips Fellow
- Principal Investigator
I explore what it is that makes brains the way they are. Primates, and especially humans, have exceptionally large brains for their body size. Between primates, brains differ in size and in their internal organization. Why is this? I believe that each brain is an adaptation to the particular environment its owner lives in. I try to understand differences between brains as the result of deviations from ancestral brains that arose to deal with challenges in the environment.
To study these question my group and I use two complementary approaches. First, we study how the human brain is organised and works using a range of non-invasive brain imaging techniques, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Second, we use magnetic resonance imaging to compare the organizion of different brains. We scan the brains from deceased animals to study the size, location, and connections of different brain regions and compare these between species.
Large-scale comparative neuroimaging: Where are we and what do we need?
Thiebaut de Schotten M. et al, (2018), Cortex
Emotional control, reappraised.
Koch SBJ. et al, (2018), Neurosci Biobehav Rev
An Open Resource for Non-human Primate Imaging.
Milham MP. et al, (2018), Neuron, 100, 61 - 74.e2
Connectivity Fingerprints: From Areal Descriptions to Abstract Spaces.
Mars RB. et al, (2018), Trends Cogn Sci
Classification and treatment of antisocial individuals: From behavior to biocognition.
Brazil IA. et al, (2018), Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 91, 259 - 277