Individuals vary greatly in absolute and relative size and possibly even organisation of visual cortical areas. How do these individual variations influence visual processing and perceptual performance? In collaboration with my PhD student Emily Cook we are investigating how variability in these domains are related and what are the implications of such variability for visual cortical function.
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
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 […]