Integrated cerebral networks for perception, cognition and action in human and non-human primates.
In phase VII we study functional brain networks supporting perception, action and cognition in normal and diseased human subjects and non-human primates. There is a strong focus on anatomical, functional and effective connectivity and causal-oriented research to develop and to test biologically-relevant theoretical models for understanding brain function. The consortium builds heavily on joint expertise and collaborative experiments performed during previous phases of the IAP program in which monkey imaging, developed by the pilot group, plays a crucial role to link human imaging studies with knowledge obtained through monkey electrophysiology.
In addition, the consortium supports cognitive neuroscience in Belgium and promotes independence of young neuroscience researchers.
The project covers a number of collaborative research topics in humans and monkeys with an emphasis on the visual system at large, including its output stages; interactions with related cognitive processes such as numerical and symbolic processing, and how higher order executive control structures and extraretinal factors such as attention and reward modify and shape visual processing and perception.
The ongoing sleep EEG-fMRI studies in humans are complemented with comparative non-human primates studies and with consciousness studies on coma and locked-in patients.
The expanded number of individuals involved in the IAP VII implies that we cover the individual work packages in great detail.
Workpackage 1 concerns visual perception,
Workpackage 2 focuses on executive control functions,
workpackage 3 is entirely devoted to actions
Workpackage 4 is a technical work package that aims to improve different types of connectivity measures and perturbation methods to perform causal-oriented experiments.