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.
Where is Cingulate Cortex? A Cross-Species View
van Heukelum S. et al, (2020), Trends in Neurosciences
Accelerating the Evolution of Nonhuman Primate Neuroimaging
Milham M. et al, (2020), Neuron, 105, 600 - 603
Human lateral Frontal Pole contributes to control over emotional approach-avoidance actions.
Bramson B. et al, (2020), J Neurosci
Processing of performance errors predicts memory formation: Enhanced feedback-related negativities for corrected versus repeated errors in an associative learning paradigm.
de Bruijn ERA. et al, (2019), Eur J Neurosci
Characterising neural plasticity at the single patient level using connectivity fingerprints.
Voets NL. et al, (2019), Neuroimage Clin, 24