The Mission of the Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience is two-fold. One goal is to advance our understanding of hominin brain evolution through comparing the brains of modern humans with non-human primate brains using a variety of non-invasive brain imaging technologies, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). These methods enable comparisons of brain structure and function between humans and non-human primates.
Ongoing research projects related to this goal include:
A second goal is to begin mapping the evolved social psychology of the human brain. We are interested in exploring the neural basis of human social cognition and behavior, particularly those aspects that have been under strong evolutionary selection pressure. Ongoing research projects related to this goal include: