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.
Variability in brain structure and function reflects lack of peer support
Schurz M. et al, (2021), Cerebral Cortex
Functional parcellation of human and macaque striatum reveals human-specific connectivity in the dorsal caudate
Liu X. et al, (2021), NeuroImage
Diffusion MRI data, sulcal anatomy, and tractography for eight species from the Primate Brain Bank
Bryant K. et al, (2021), Brain Structure and Function
Corrigendum to: Neural mechanisms of predicting individual preferences based on group membership.
Vijayakumar S. et al, (2021), Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci
Imaging evolution of the primate brain: the next frontier?
Friedrich P. et al, (2021), Neuroimage, 228