The CulhamARI Lab is affiliated with the Brain and Mind Institute and Department of Psychology at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. We are also active in Western's Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Neuroscience.
The lab welcomes two doctoral students visiting for a research exchange for the CREATE-IRTG “Brain in Action” training program: Marieke Pazen, a PhD student from Benjamin Straube’s lab at Philipps University, Marburg, Germany, and Lina Klein, a PhD student from Roland Fleming’s lab at Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany. We also welcome the return of Carol Coricelli, a postdoc from SISSA, Trieste, Italy.
Our work on the patient with Riddoch phenomenon was featured on the Scientific American podcast (Time: 10:56-23:40)
The lab welcomes Özlem Sensoy, a doctoral student from Gudrun Schwarzer’s lab at Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, who is visiting for a research exchange for the CREATE-IRTG “Brain in Action” training program.
The Culham Lab (and friends) celebrated Jody's 50th Birthday. Heartfelt thanks to Jody's mom Lil, administrative assistant Rosanna, and friends Rita & Tutis for organizing the surprise.
The lab welcomes Guy Rens, doctoral student from Marco Davare's lab at KU Leuven, Belgium, who is visiting for a month to begin an fMRI project on action observation.
The lab congratulates Chelsea Ekstrand, for receiving a prestigious BrainsCAN postdoctoral fellowship to work with Jody Culham and Ingrid Johnsrude. Chelsea is currently a doctoral student at the University of Saskatchewan and expects to begin a postdoc in the summer of 2019.
The lab congratulates previous trainees who have recently landed academic jobs. Dr. Erez Freud, who trained as a postdoc with Jody and Marlene Behrmann at Carnegie Mellon University, has recently become a tenure-track Assistant Professor at York University in Toronto. Dr. Juan Chen, who trained as a postdoc with Jody and Mel Goodale at Western, will join the faculty at South China Normal University in Guangzhou China.
Mike Vesia had a paper accepted for publication.
Vesia, M., Culham, J. C., Jegatheeswaran, G., Isayama, R., Le, A., Davare, M., & Chen, R. Functional interaction between human dorsal premotor cortex and ipsilateral primary motor cortex for grasp plans: a dual-site TMS study. NeuroReport.
Western News did a feature on our patient with the Riddoch phenomenon and produced a video. The work has been featured on the National Post, Global News, Vancouver Sun, Daily Mail (U.K.), The Times (U.K.), Newsweek, Science Daily, The London Free Press, CTV News, CBC Afternoon Drive, Royal National Institute of Blind People (U.K.), Medical News Today, Men's Health (Australia), Fox News, Global News Radio 980 CFPL (London, Ontario) and dozens of other international sources.
Our paper on a very interesting patient with Riddoch phenomenon is now in press.
Arcaro, M. J., Thaler, L., Quinlan, D. J., Monaco, S., Khan, S., Valyear, K. F., Goebel, R., Dutton, G. N., Goodale, M. A., Kastner, S., & Culham, J. C. (In press). Psychophysical and neuroimaging responses to moving stimuli in a patient with the Riddoch phenomenon due to bilateral visual cortex lesions. Neuropsychologia.
Jody led a successful NSERC Research Tools and Instruments grant for Equipment for Neuroimaging of Virtual Stimuli and Virtual Interactions. This grant will fund new fMRI equipment for Western, including co-applicants Roy Eagleson, Mel Goodale, Ingrid Johnsrude, Stefan Köhler, Julio Martinez-Trujillo, Ravi Menon, Derek Mitchell, Adrian Owen, and Terry Peters. The new equipment includes a state-of-the art 3D ProPixx projector for fMRI, a short-range binocular eye tracker that will work with hand-action paradigms, and a high-resolution camera for recording hand movements in the scanner. This grant will enable new fMRI research on virtual environments, objects and actions.
The journal Brain has published a study led by Tamar Makin and Fiona van den Heiligenberg, with help from former lab PhD student Scott Macdonald. The study examined hand-related areas in amputees, people born with only one hand, and two-handed control participants. In one-handers, activation in a visual region that responds to images of hands was activated when they viewed images of prostheses. Moreover, the visual activation level was correlated with how often they used the prosthesis, as was the strength of connections between visual and sensorimotor hand regions.
van den Heiligenberg, F. M. Z., Orlov, T., Macdonald, S. N., Duff, E. P., Henderson Slater, D., Beckmann, C., Johansen-Berg, H., Culham, J. C., & Makin, T. R. (2018 advance publication). Artificial limb representation in amputees. Brain.
Also, @CulhamARI_Lab is now on Twitter.
Western's CFREF BrainsCAN team has announced upcoming competition for the BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (deadline May 1, 2018). The Brain and Mind Institute has announced the next competition for the International Graduate Student Scholarships in Cognitive Neuroscience (deadline: Feb. 28). Trainees with stellar track records should consider applying.
Congratulations to Carol Coricelli at SISSA, who had visited our lab in 2017, on successfully defending her PhD with distinction (cum laude).
We have moved into the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building. Jody's office is Room 4118. You can enter the building from the glass atrium (on the right as you face the building) and take the elevators.
Congratulations to our colleagues at Philipps University Marburg and Justis-Liebig University Giessen on the 4.5-million-euro renewal of their "Brain in Action" International Research Training Grant from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The renewed funds, along with a Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and support from Western, York and Queen's will enable an additional 4.5 years of CREATE and IRTG collaborative training exchanges between the German and Canadian universities.
Freud, E., Culham, J. C., Plaut, D. C., & Behrmann, M. (2017). The large-scale organization of shape processing in the ventral and dorsal pathways. eLife, 6:e27576.
Monaco, S., Gallivan, J. P., Figley, T. D., Singhal, A., & Culham, J. C. (2017). Recruitment of foveal retinotopic cortex during haptic exploration of shapes and actions in the dark. Journal of Neuroscience, 37 (48) 11572-11591.
Jody contributed to a feature on eLife's approach to peer review.
Congratulations to Dr. Scott Macdonald on the successful defence of his PhD thesis, Characterizing Tool-Selective Areas with Human Neuroimaging
New paper forthcoming
Cavina-Pratesi, C., Connolly, J. D., Monaco, S., Figley, T. D., Milner, A. D., Schenk, T., & Culham, J. C. (2017) Human neuroimaging reveals the subcomponents of reaching and pointing actions. Cortex
Congratulations to Stephanie Schumacher, who was awarded the W. J. McCelland Award for the best Honours Thesis in Psychology at Western and a Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) "Certificate of Academic Excellence" for her honours thesis!
Research from Tamar Makin's lab at UCL/Oxford, in collaboration with Scott Macdonald and Jody Culham (Hahamy et al., 2017, Current Biology), has been featured in the media, including The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, Seeker, Technology Networks, and Science Daily.
Welcome to our new administrative assistant, Rosanna Turner, and to Carol Coricelli, a visiting scholar from the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy.
New papers forthcoming:
Vesia, M., Barnett-Cowan, M., Elahi, B, Neva, J., Davare, M., Staines, W., Culham, J., & Chen, R. (In press). Human dorsomedial parieto-motor circuit specifies grasp during the planning of goal-directed hand actions. Cortex, 92, 175-186.
New papers forthcoming:
Freud, E. Macdonald, S. N., Chen, J., Quinlan, D. J., Goodale, M. A., & Culham, J. C. (2017). Getting a grip on reality: Grasping movements directed to real objects and images rely on dissociable neural representations. Cortex.
Hahamy, A., Macdonald, S. N., van den Heiligenberg, F., Kieliba, P., Malach, R., Emir, U., Brugger, P., Johansen-Berg, H., Culham, J. C., & Makin, T. R. (2017). Representation of multiple body parts in missing hand territory of congenital one-handers. Current Biology, 27, 1350-1355.
New papers forthcoming:
Chen, J., Snow, J. C., Culham, J. C., & Goodale, M. A. (2017). What role does ‘elongation’ play in ‘tool-specific’ activation and connectivity in the dorsal and ventral visual streams? Cerebral Cortex.
van den Heiligenberg, F. M. Z., Yeung, N., Brugger, P., Culham, J. C. & Makin, T. R. (2017). Adaptable categorization of hands and tools in prosthesis users. Psychological Science, 28(3), 395-398.
Jody has returned from sabbatical
Western's BrainsCAN initiative has won a $66 million grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund!