My lab investigates the developmental and evolutionary bases for communication in humans. The nervous system is an important component of these processes but not the controlling component; it must act in concert with (and is often constrained by) the components of the body during development. Understanding this interaction between the brain and biomechanics as they build scaffolds for developmental changes in behavior is our over-arching goal. As such, my lab operates at the interface of neuroscience, developmental biology, morphology and evolution. We study how social communication emerges through the dynamic interactions between neural systems, the body, pre- and post-natal experience and socioecological context.
Maier JX, Chandrasekaran C and Ghazanfar AA (2008) Integration of bimodal looming signals through neuronal coherence in the temporal lobe. Current Biology, 18: 963-968.
Ghazanfar AA, Chandrasekaran C and Logothetis NK (2008) Interactions between the superior temporal sulcus and auditory cortex mediate dynamic face/voice integration in rhesus monkeys. Journal of Neuroscience, 28: 4457-4469.
Maier JX and Ghazanfar AA. (2007) Looming biases in monkey auditory cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 27: 4093-4100.
Ghazanfar AA, Turesson HJ, Maier JX, van Dinther R, Patterson RD and Logothetis NK (2007) Vocal tract resonances as indexical cues in rhesus monkeys. Current Biology, 17: 425-430.