Hemispheric differences in semantic cognition
My project focuses on describing interhemispheric differences in functional connectivity in key regions of the semantic cognition network, with the aim of describing the right hemisphere’s role in processing semantic information.
I’m currently working on a resting state functional connectivity analysis of a large dataset comparing the resulting connectivity from seeding left hemisphere semantic cognition sites to that of the right hemisphere for the left inferior frontal gyrus, anterior temporal lobe and posterior middle temporal gyrus. I’m also working on an fMRI experiment looking at what happens when people have to use semantic vs non-semantic information to inhibit a behaviour, to better understand the nature of cognitive control.
My research interests include the neural bases of higher-order language processing (ambiguity, metaphors, discourse) and of consciousness, hemispheric specialisation, and mind-wandering.