- Many of us in the Culham Lab are remembering former lab postdoc (2004-2006), Cristiana Cavina Pratesi, who passed away on August 1, 2016. Cristiana was a talented and creative scientist who made many important discoveries. She was a doctoral student with Carlo Marzi in Verona, a postdoc with Mel Goodale and Jody Culham at Western, a postdoc with David Milner at Durham University and then a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Durham. In the Culham Lab, she discovered dissociations between object processing for grasping vs. perception (Cavina-Pratesi et al., 2007), identified a brain region, SPOC, that plays a role in arm transport (Cavina-Pratesi et al., 2010), contributed to a review of parietal lobe function (Culham, Cavina-Pratesi & Singhal, 2006), and was an active co-author on many other papers (for which in many cases, she played a key role in mentoring junior trainees). She was also a warm, funny, curious, generous lab member, colleague and friend. She will be greatly missed by all.
- Those who wish to remember Cristiana can visit her tribute site or make a donation in her memory.
Sara Fabbri's ambitious paper using Representational Similarity Analysis to investigate object grasping has been published:
Fabbri, S., Stubbs, K. M., Cusack, R., & Culham, J. C. (2016). Disentangling representations of object and grasp properties in the human brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(29), 7648-7662.
- PI Jody Culham has entered the "nomadical" phase of her sabbatical, which will take her to Jamaica, Alberta, the U. K., Portugal, Germany and Japan.
- The first collaborative paper from the Culham Lab and our Canada-Germany CREATE-IRTG partners is out:
- Gerhard, T. M., Culham, J. C. & Schwarzer, G. (2016). Distinct visual processing of real objects and pictures of those objects in 7- to 9-month-old infants. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 7, 827.
- Congratulations to postdoc Erez Freud, recipient of an Israeli Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.
- Welcome to postdoctoral fellow Kaitlin Laidlaw, who has joined the Culham and Goodale labs following her PhD at UBC. Congratulations to Kaitlin for winning an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (which pre-empted a Brain and Mind Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship).
- Recent papers:
- Squires, S. D., Macdonald, S. N., Culham, J. C., & Snow, J. C. (2016). Priming tool actions: Are real objects more effective primes than pictures? Experimental Brain Research, 234(4), 963-976.
- Thaler, L., Paciocco, J. Daley, M., Lesniak, G. D., Purcell, D. W., Fraser, J. A., Dutton, G. N., Rossit, S., Goodale, M. A., & Culham, J. C. (2016). A selective impairment of perception of sound motion direction in peripheral space: A case study. Neuropsychologia , 80, 79-89.
- Stöttinger, E., Filipowicz, A., Valadao, D., Culham, J., Goodale, M., Anderson, B., & Danckert, J. (2016). A cortical network that marks the moment when conscious representations are updated. Neuropsychologia, 79, 113-122.
- Media coverage of Dr. Jacqueline Snow's recent Journal of Neuroscience paper
- Snow, J. C., Goodale, M. A., & Culham, J. C. (2015). Preserved haptic shape processing after bilateralLOC lesions. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(40), 13745-13760..
- Lab PI Jody Culham has begun her sabbatical for 2015-16 and is now in at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) at the University of Trento in Italy. She will be at CIMeC in Trento (Sept. 2015-Feb 2016) and at SISSA in Trieste Italy (March-April 2016) before beginning a "nomadical" phase (May-Aug 2016) that will take her to Oxford and the UK, Marburg & Giessen Germany, and Asia.
- Welcome to Dr. Erez Freud, a new postdoctoral fellow who will be co-supervised with Dr. Marlene Behrmann at Carnegie-Mellon University and based in Pittsburgh
- Congratulations to Dr. Jenni Karl, a postdoc in the Culham Lab (2014-15) who landed a tenure-track faculty position at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops BC.
- Congratulations to Margarita Malseva, who successfully defended her Master's thesis on "Congruent familiar size relationships decrease size contrast illusion" in August 2015 and will be pursuing a PhD in the Culham lab
- We have several new papers published or in press:
- Quinlan, D. J., & Culham, J. C. (In press). Direct comparisons of hand and mouth kinematics during grasping, feeding and fork-feeding actions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
- Macdonald, S. N. & Culham, J. C. (2015). Do human brain areas involved in visuomotor actions show a preference for real tools over visually similar non-tools? Neuropsychologia, 77, 35-41.
- Barnett-Cowan, M., Snow, J. C., & Culham, J. C. (2015). Contribution of bodily and gravitational orientation cues to face and letter recognition. Multisensory Research, 28(5-6), 427-442.
- Hutchison, R. M., Culham, J. C., Flanagan, J. R., Everling, S., & Gallivan, J. P. (2015). Functional subdivisions of medial parieto-occipital cortex in humans and nonhuman primates using resting-state fMRI. NeuroImage, 116, 10-29.
Two new papers from the lab have been published:
- Gallivan, J. P., & Culham, J. C. (2015). Neural coding within human brain areas involved in actions. Invited review article, Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 33, 141-149.
- Monaco, S., Sedda, A., Cavina-Pratesi, C, & Culham, J. C. (2015). Neural correlates of object size and object location during grasping actions. European Journal of Neuroscience, 41(4), 454-465.
- Welcome to two new members of the lab. Jenni Karl, who won an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship, will be joining the lab following her PhD at the University of Lethbridge. Ben Chang will be joining the lab as a doctoral student following his Master's from Queen's University.
- Thanks to those leaving the lab for their valued contributions. Joey Paciocco (former Master's student and Research Assistant) will be taking on a new position as a Program Coordinator at the Student Success Centre at Western. Haleemah and Hameedah Ahmed (former visiting scholars) will be returning to the University of Bologna.
- NSERC has announced the award of a Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Grant to a team at York, Western and Queen's Universities for joint training with labs in German at Philipps-Universität Marburg and Justus-Liebig Universität in Giessen (funded by a partnered German DFG IRTG grant). The CREATE grant will be headed by Doug Crawford at York. The Culham Lab has two participating trainees (Lucilla Cardinali, postdoctoral fellow; Ben Chang, PhD student) and one affiliated student (Rita Maltseva, Master's student). We may be looking for additional students to participate once Jody returns from her sabbatical in Fall 2016. More information is available at http://www.uni-marburg.de/fb13/forschung/neurophysik/brainact
- Culham Lab alumna Christine Carter was featured in an online piece by the National Arts Centre.
- Our work with a woman who has a fascinating neurological syndrome was featured on National Public Radio in the US in a piece called "The Blind Woman Who Sees Rain, But Not Her Daughter's Smile." You can hear a 10-min radio interview or see a 3-min video simulating her visual experiences.