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.
Specifying the brain anatomy underlying temporo-parietal junction activations for theory of mind: A review using probabilistic atlases from different imaging modalities.
Schurz M. et al, (2017), Hum Brain Mapp, 38, 4788 - 4805
Computing the Social Brain Connectome Across Systems and States.
Alcalá-López D. et al, (2017), Cereb Cortex, 1 - 26
Connectivity of the Cingulate Sulcus Visual Area (CSv) in the Human Cerebral Cortex.
Smith AT. et al, (2017), Cereb Cortex
Transcranial magnetic stimulation to dorsolateral prefrontal cortex affects conflict-induced behavioural adaptation in a Wisconsin Card Sorting Test analogue.
Boschin EA. et al, (2017), Neuropsychologia, 94, 36 - 43
Evolutionary specializations of human association cortex
Mars RB. et al, (2017), Evolution of Nervous Systems, 4, 185 - 205