Variations in brain structure and cognition: Established findings and implications to psychiatry

Speaker: Prof. Christopher R. Madan, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham

When: 29 January 2024 at 3:00 pm

Where: Sala Seminari VIMM (Via Orus 2, Padova, Building A, Ground Floor)

Abstract: Individuals vary in a myriad of ways. Here I will focus on variations in brain structure and cognition, providing insight into potential new diagnostic markers. Conventional measures of brain structure focus on size (e.g., volume, thickness), without much consideration for shape. I will introduce work showing a measure of shape complexity, fractal dimensionality, has been found to be more sensitive to clinical population differences. Cognitive differences also are evident and can be assessed through biases in memory and mental imagery abilities. These findings inform our approach to psychiatric conditions, offering new avenues for diagnosis and personalized treatment strategies.