March 2017

New papers forthcoming: 

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. (in press). Representation of multiple body parts in missing hand territory of congenital one-handers. Current Biology.

January 2017

New papers forthcoming:

  • Chen, J., Snow, J. C., Culham, J. C., & Goodale, M. A. (In press). 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. (In press). Flexible categorization of hands and tools in prosthesis users. Psychological Science.

September 2016

  •  Jody has returned from sabbatical
  • Western's BrainsCAN initiative has won a $66 million grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund!

August 2016

  • 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.

July 2016

 Sara Fabbri's ambitious paper using Representational Similarity Analysis to investigate object grasping has been published:

May 2016

 March 2016

  • Congratulations to postdoc Erez Freud, recipient of an Israeli Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

January 2015

  • 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.

October 2015

  • 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..

September 2015

April 2015:

Two new papers from the lab have been published:

September 2014:

  • 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.

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014