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.
XTRACT - Standardised protocols for automated tractography in the human and macaque brain.
Warrington S. et al, (2020), Neuroimage, 217
Brain gyrification in wild and domestic canids: Has domestication changed the gyrification index in domestic dogs?
Grewal JS. et al, (2020), J Comp Neurol
Behavioral flexibility is associated with changes in structure and function distributed across a frontal cortical network in macaques.
Sallet J. et al, (2020), PLoS Biol, 18
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