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.
Connectivity and the search for specializations in the language-capable brain
Mars RB. et al, (2018), Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 21, 19 - 26
Whole brain comparative anatomy using connectivity blueprints.
Mars RB. et al, (2018), Elife, 7
The structural and functional brain networks that support human social networks.
Noonan MP. et al, (2018), Behav Brain Res
Connectivity of the Cingulate Sulcus Visual Area (CSv) in the Human Cerebral Cortex.
Smith AT. et al, (2018), Cereb Cortex, 28, 713 - 725
Is the extrastriate body area part of the dorsal visuomotor stream?
Zimmermann M. et al, (2018), Brain Struct Funct, 223, 31 - 46