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Professor Rhodri Cusack

  • Position: Thomas Mitchell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Contact details: School of Psychology & TCIN
  • Email: cusackrh@tcd.ie
  • Lab page: www.cusacklab.org
  • Twitter: @rhodricusack
  • Telephone: 353-01-896-


Research Interests

We study the brain development of infants in their first year, a period in which many cognitive functions develop remarkably quickly. We also study how perinatal brain injury affects development and how some infants manage to be so resilient. Our goal is to use neuroimaging to predict the functional consequences of brain injury at an earlier age, as current behavioural and neurological tools are poor predictors of later impairments, and the standard-of-care is often to “wait-and-see” what problems emerge during childhood. This places stress on parents, and precludes earlier more effective interventions.

We use a diverse set of neuroimaging methods. With magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) we study brain networks (using diffusion-weighted imaging, functional connectivity) and the developing responses to what an infant sees and hears (using functional MRI). We also study infant behaviour and have pioneered ways to do large scale testing online. We develop many new tools that bring together computational models of cognition with new neuroimaging techniques, to answer the many fascinating and important questions concerning the origin of our minds.

Recent Publications

Please see lab page.

 

Research Funding

Enterprise Ireland, NSERC (Canada), CIHR (Canada), Brain Canada (Canada), MRC (UK), Wellcome Trust (UK), EPSRC (UK), BBSRC (UK)