I have a general interest in all aspects of vision and neural plasticity. However, I am particularly interested in the effects that brain injury or congenital dysfunctions have on visual processing and brain organisation. My three main areas of interest are: 1) face recognition, multisensory integration of faces and voices, and the neural correlates of these processes; 2) rehabilitation of prosopagnosia – specifically, ways in which perceptual learning can be applied to improve face recognition abilities in prosopagnosia (face-blindness), as well as the structural and functional changes that occur as a result of these behavioural improvements; 3) cross-modal plasticity (vision, touch, sound) in the blind and d/Deaf. I use a range of techniques, including behavioural and psychophysical studies, fMRI, fMR-adaptation, multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA), dynamic causal modeling (DCM), psycho-physiological interactions (PPI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and volumetric brain morphometry (VBM). Always happy to hear from students or postdocs who are interested in working in these areas.
Personal website: http://www.jodiedaviesthompson.com/