Attempts to examine the functions of a putative mirror neuron SYSTEM (MNS) have been limited by imprecise methods of functional localisation. For my PhD research I have conducted a series of fMRI experiments, using the CUBIC facilities, specifically designed to test widely accepted MNS functions. These include the ability to differentiate between kinaesthetic properties, and between identical actions with different goals. For each set of data I apply 4 different localisation methods and compare the resulting findings. I have identified widely different outcomes, demonstrating the pressing need to standardise and share localisation methods.
The cerebellum contains over half of the brains neurons, and its connections with the cerebral cortex form the cortico-cerebellar system – one of the largest anatomical systems in the primate brain. The work of the lab has focussed on its anatomical structure, interactions with the neocortex, and the role of cerebellar plasticity in supporting motor […]
How are visual responses modulated by stimulus context in time (adaptation) and space (surround modulation)? How do contextual effects at early visual processing levels influence processing at higher levels? How do the effects of spatiotemporal context on visual processing vary between early and late cortical processing stages? How are contextual effects measured by BOLD related […]
-How much motion information and what kind of motion information is needed to evoke a neural response as compared with perceptual ability? -How do we piece together motion information and what is the minimum amount of motion we need to activate motion sensitive areas? Funded by Royal Holloway Research Strategy fund
How are the effects of expectation on the experience of time reflected in visual neural areas? Can more complicated temporal patterns become neurally predicted? PhD project with some fMRI by Edward Rowland forthcoming, funded by Reid Scholarship, Royal Holloway