Dorian Minors


University position

PhD student
Supervised by Dr Alexandra Woolgar

Departments

Medical Science

Institutes

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Interests

My current research interests lie in the neural mechanisms that underpin intelligent behaviour. Many relatively unsophisticated animals appear to show glimpses of the highest orders of cognitive ability, once thought to be out of reach of such tiny brains. That these animals can solve very complex problems seems to challenge the conventional distinctions between ‘higher-order’ and ‘lower-order’ thought. In setting aside these traditional notions, we can ask new and exciting questions. What truly characterises intelligent behaviour? In what ways can simple neural mechanisms come together to facilitate higher-order aptitudes? And what does it mean to be clever? By using cutting edge neuroimaging techniques, I hope to contribute to our growing knowledge of how basic neural function can coordinate complex behavioural outcomes and in doing so, address these questions.

Research Focus

Keywords

cognitive control

intelligence

attention

executive function

Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance

Equipment

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetoencepholography

Collaborators

No collaborators listed

Associated News Items


    Publications

    in press

    Cope AJ, Vasilaki E, Minors D, Sabo C, Marshall JAR, Barron ABB (in press), “Abstract concept learning in a simple neural network inspired by the insect brain” Plos Comp Biol 14(9): e1006435