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.
Comparing human and chimpanzee temporal lobe neuroanatomy reveals modifications to human language hubs beyond the fronto-temporal arcuate fascicle
Sierpowska J. et al, (2022), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA
Contributions of expected learning progress and perceptual novelty to curiosity-driven exploration
Poli F. et al, (2022), Cognition
The Digital Brain Bank, an open access platform for post-mortem datasets.
Tendler BC. et al, (2022), Elife, 11
Scaling Principles of White Matter Connectivity in the Human and Nonhuman Primate Brain.
Ardesch DJ. et al, (2021), Cereb Cortex
Comparative connectomics of the primate social brain.
Yokoyama C. et al, (2021), Neuroimage, 245