James Rilling (Emory University, USA)
Venue: Room 218, Henry Wellcome Building
Date: 10th December 2009
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Many of the most distinctive attributes of our species are a product of our brains. We can learn about the unique features of the human brain, and indirectly about human brain evolution, through the comparative study of the brains of living primate species. Traditional comparative neuroscience relied on investigation of postmortem brains, as well as invasive studies in living nonhuman primates. However, recent neuroimaging methods have made it possible to compare living human and nonhuman primate brains using noninvasive techniques such as structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Collectively, these methods are beginning to shed light on the neural basis of human uniqueness.
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