The structural basis of inter-individual differences in human behaviour and cognition

Kanai, Ryota and Rees, Geraint (2011) The structural basis of inter-individual differences in human behaviour and cognition. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 12 (4). pp. 231-242. ISSN 1471-003X

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Abstract

Inter-individual variability in perception, thought and action is frequently treated as a source of 'noise' in scientific investigations of the neural mechanisms that underlie these processes, and discarded by averaging data from a group of participants. However, recent MRI studies in the human brain show that inter-individual variability in a wide range of basic and higher cognitive functions - including perception, motor control, memory, aspects of consciousness and the ability to introspect - can be predicted from the local structure of grey and white matter as assessed by voxel-based morphometry or diffusion tensor imaging. We propose that inter-individual differences can be used as a source of information to link human behaviour and cognition to brain anatomy

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2012 19:22
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2013 10:41
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/42758
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