King's College London, United Kingdom
A distinctive feature of the human brain is that certain cognitive functions, such as our ability to use language, tend to be lateralised to one side of the brain or the other. This phenomenon has been extensively studied, but little is known about whether the networks of neurons that connect distinct areas in the brain are similarly lateralised. Dr Catani will use advanced neuroimaging techniques to map patterns of neural network lateralisation in the brain and relate these patterns to cognitive function. Specifically, he will examine lateralisation of neural networks related to language function and visuo-spatial attention in both healthy participants and patients who have stroke-related brain damage. This work could significantly increase our understanding of the complex relationship between brain structure, behaviour, and recovery following stroke.