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This Thursday, we will enjoy a new style of departmental seminar. We will hear about the cutting edge research done by our own early-career researchers:

 

Alizee Lopez-Persem

"The human ventromedial prefrontal cortex: sulcal morphology and its influence on functional organization"

Abstract: The ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) is one of the main hubs of the Default Mode Network and plays a central role in value coding and decision-making. In our study, we provide a complete description of the inter-individual variability of the anatomical morphology of this large portion of prefrontal cortex and its relation to functional organization. We have shown that two supplementary medial sulci predominantly determine the organization of the vmPFC, which in turn affect the location of the functional peak of activity in this region. Those results show that taking into account the variability in sulcal patterns might be essential to guide the interpretation of neuroimaging studies of the human brain and of the vmPFC in particular.

 

Zoe Woodhead

"Language Lateralisation: One Process or Many?"

Astract: Coming soon....

 

Tom Marshall

"Stable and competitive dynamics in the dorsal attentional network"

Abstract: How does what you know influence where you direct your attention? In a complex world, humans must maximise information gain by exploring and learning the regularities of the environment (active sampling). This requires two distinct neural representations; of current attentional focus, and of past experience. I will present some preliminary data investigating what – at the level of neuronal wiring within a region – enables the brain to construct and maintain these different representations.

 

Kathleen Vancleef

"Screening for visual perception problems in brain damaged patients"

 Abstract: Coming soon....

 

Olivia Spiegler

"Dual identity development of Muslim immigrant-origin adolescents in Western Europe"

Abstract: Ethnic minority adolescents need to negotiate multiple identity options, including ethnic and national identities. Our research aims to investigate how these identities develop over time. We focus on Muslim minority adolescents, an at-risk population for identity-based threats, and used a person-centered analytic strategy (e.g., growth mixture models) to examine the prevalence of (un)common developmental pathways. Our findings point toward substantial heterogeneity in dual identity development and the behavioural and psychological adjustment benefits of relatively strong dual identities.

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