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Department of Psychology


Recent Functional Brain Imaging publications

Cavina-Pratesi C, Connolly, JD, Monaco S, McAdam, TD, Milner AD, Schenk T, Culham JC. fMRI reveals the human neural substrates of components of grasping, reaching and pointing actions. Cortex (in press).

Ihssen N, Sokunbi M, Lawrence A, Lawrence N, Linden DE (2016). FMRI-neurofeedback of motivational brain circuits: A potential avenue to alter cue reactivity and craving. Brain Imaging and Behavior (in press).

Leszkowicz E, Linden D, Maio GR, Ihssen N. (2016). Neural evidence of motivational conflict between social values. Social Neuroscience (in press).

Milner AD (in press). How do the two visual streams interact with each other? Exp Brain Res.

Milner AD & Cavina-Pratesi C (in press). Perceptual deficits of object identification: the apperceptive agnosias. In The Parietal lobes: Neurological and Neuropsychological Deficits. eds G Vallar and H B Coslett. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Zacharopoulos G, Hanel PH, Lancaster TM, Ihssen N, Drakesmith M, Foley S, Maio GR, Linden DE (2016). Non-linear Associations between Human Values and Neuroanatomy. Social Neuroscience (in press).

Alderson-Day B, Weis S, McCarthy-Jones S, Moseley P, Smailes D, Fernyhough C (2016). The Brain’s Conversation With Itself: Neural Substrates of Dialogic Inner Speech. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci,11:110-120.

Cavina-Pratesi C, Connolly JD, Milner AD (2016). Optic ataxia: What single case studies can tell us about the visuomotor brain. In: Neuropsychology, Psychoanalysis, and In Between: Discontinuities and Continuities. For Athanase Tzavaras. Eds C. Potagas & M. Petrides. Athens: Nisos Publications, pp. 17-46.

Habes I, Rushton S, Johnston SJ, Sokunbi MO, Barawi K, Brosnan M, Daly T, Ihssen N, Linden DEJ (2016). fMRI neurofeedback of higher visual areas and perceptual biases. Neuropsychologia, 85, 208-215.

Lancaster TM, Ihssen N, Brindley LM, Tansey KE, Mantripragada K, O'Donovan MC, Owen MJ, Linden DE (2016). Associations between polygenic risk for schizophrenia and brain function during probabilistic learning in healthy individuals. Human brain mapping, 37(2), 491-500.

Zacharopoulos G, Lancaster TM, Bracht T, Ihssen N, Maio GR, Linden DEJ (2016). A Hedonism Hub in the Human Brain. Cerebral Cortex, 26(10), 3921-3927.

Cavina-Pratesi C, Large M-E, Milner AD (2015). Processing words in visual form agnosia. A direct route to the visual word form area? Cortex 64, 29–46.

Connolly JD, Vuong QC, Thiele A. (2015). Gaze-dependent topography in human posterior parietal cortex. Cereb Cortex. 25(6):1519-26.

Dekker TM, Ban H, Van der Velde B, Sereno MI, Welchman A, Nardini, M (2015). Late development of cue integration is linked to sensory fusion in cortex. Current Biology 25(21): 2856-2861.

Fiehler K, Schütz I, Meller T, Thaler, L (2015). Neural correlates of human echolocation of path direction during walking. Multisensory Research, 28, 195-226.

Hjelmervik H, Westerhausen R, Hirnstein M, Specht K, Hausmann M (2015). The neural correlates of sex differences in left-right confusion. Neuroimage, 113:196-206.

Ihssen N, Linden DE, Miller CE, Shapiro KL (2015). Neural mechanisms underlying visual short-term memory gain for temporally distinct objects. Cerebral Cortex, 25(8), 2149-2159.

Milne JL, Goodale MA, Arnott SR, Kish D, Thaler L. Parahippocampal cortex is involved in material processing through echolocation in blind echolocation experts. (2015). Vision Res 109,139-48.

Milner AD (2015). Visual streams: dorsal and ventral. In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition. London: Elsevier, pp 201-206.

Monaco S, Sedda A, Cavina-Pratesi C, Culham JC. (2015). Neural correlates of object size and object location during grasping actions. Eur J Neurosci 41(4),454-465.

Whitwell RL, Milner AD, Cavina-Pratesi C, Barat M, Goodale MA (2015). Patient DF’s visual brain in action: visual feedforward control in a patient with visual form agnosia. Vision Res 110, 265-276.

David N, Schultz J, Milne E, Schunke O, Schöttle D, Münchau A, Siegel M, Vogeley K & Engel AK. (2014). Right Temporoparietal Gray Matter Predicts Accuracy of Social Perception in the Autism Spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(6), 1433-1446.

Ellison A, Ball KL, Moseley P, Dowsett J, Smith DT, Weis S, Lane AR. (2014). Functional interaction between right parietal and bilateral frontal cortices during visual search tasks revealed using functional magnetic imaging and transcranial direct current stimulation. PLoS One, 9(4):e93767.

Hjelmervik H, Hausmann M, Osnes B, Westerhausen R, Specht K. (2014). Resting states are resting traits – An fMRI study of sex differences and menstrual cycle effects in resting state cognitive control networks. PLoS ONE, 9(7). e103492.

Levita L, Bois C, Healey A, Smyllie E, Papakonstantinou E, Hartley T, Lever C. (2014). The Behavioural Inhibition System, anxiety and hippocampal volume in a non-clinical population.Biol Mood Anxiety Disord., 4(1):4.

Thaler L, Milne JL, Arnott S, Kish D, Goodale MA. (2014). Neural Correlates of Motion Processing through Echolocation, Source Hearing and Vision in Blind Echolocation Experts and Sighted Echolocation Novices. Journal of Neurophysiology, 111: 112:127.

Thimm M, Weis S, Hausmann M, Sturm W. (2014). Menstrual cycle effects on selective attention and its underlying cortical networks. Neuroscience, 258, 307-317.

Arnott SR, Thaler L, Milne J, Kish D, Goodale MA. (2013). Shape-specific activation of occipital cortex in an early blind echolocation expert. Neuropsychologia, 51, 938-949.

Bridge H, Thomas OM, Minini L, Cavina-Pratesi C, Milner AD, Parker AJ. (2013). Structural and functional changes across the visual cortex of a patient with visual form agnosia. J Neurosci, 31, 33(31), 12779-12791.

Atkinson AP, Vuong QC, Smithson HE. (2012). Modulation of the face- and body-selective visual regions by the motion and emotion of point-light face and body stimuli. Neuroimage, 59(2), 1700-1712.

Bracci S, Cavina-Pratesi C, Ietswaart M, Caramazza A, Peelen MV. (2012). Closely overlapping responses to tools and hands in left lateral occipitotemporal cortex. J Neurophysiol, 107(5), 1443-1456.

Helbig H, Ernst MO, Ricciardi E, Pietrini P, Thielscher A, Mayer KM, Schultz J, Noppeney U. (2012). The neural mechanisms of reliability weighted integration of shape information from vision and touch. NeuroImage 60(2), 1063-1072.

First Publication

The first paper with data collected solely from the 3T fMRI facility at James Cook University Hospital has been accepted for publication:

Ellison A, Ball KL, Moseley P, Dowsett J, Smith DT, Weis S, Lane AR. Functional interaction between right parietal and bilateral frontal cortices during visual search tasks revealed using functional magnetic imaging and transcranial direct current stimulation. PLOS ONE, 2014 Apr 4;9(4):e93767. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093767. eCollection 2014.

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Joint studentship

Sarah Weber has started as the first PhD student funded by a joint studentship of Durham University and South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust. The PhD project, which is supervised by Dr Susanne Weis (co-supervisor: Dr. Markus Hausmann) at the Department of Psychology, Durham University and Prof. Philip Kane of the South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, is entitled “Cortical Mapping of Language Functions”.

In this project, a reliable method of cortical mapping of cognitive functions within single subjects will be developed both for clinical uses and for research purposes. One important application will comprise pre-surgical mapping of language functions in tumour patients presenting with disturbances of speech. Another aspect of the project relates to cortical plasticity after tumour surgery where ideally predictive measures of clinical outcome will be developed.

2nd Joint Research Seminar between James Cook University Hospital and Department of Psychology, Durham University

The second joint Research Seminar, held on Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at Stephenson College, Queen’s Campus, brought together clinicians and researchers from James Cook Hospital and Durham University to explore and discuss joint research interests.

Apart from short presentations given by Dr. Neil Archibald (“Vision, Cognition, Parkinson’s disease and me, or why my clinic never runs to time”) and Dr. Donald Brechin (“Neuropsychology research strategy”), the larger part of the meeting was devoted to small group discussion, where clinicians and researchers identified joint research interests. Participants agreed that the meeting was extremely useful for facilitating collaborative MRI research across institutions. These will be pursued through individual contacts.

A follow-up meeting is planned for September 2014.