Supervisors

Etienne Burdet (Bioengineering)
Daniel Rueckert (Computing)
David Edwards (Medicine/KCL)
Tomoki Arichi (KCL) - collaborator

During the first months following birth, brain development is rapid and partly moulded through experience.

We plan to elucidate the neural mechanisms of learning in babies with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a classical conditioning experiment, using a combination of a sound stimulus and a robotic MRI-safe pacifier (which can both provide a gentle stimulus to the infant’s mouth and precisely measure their behavioural response through sucking).

This study may answer fundamental questions about how early functional brain development and function is influenced by external experience, and lead to improved treatments for infants at risk of cerebral palsy.

Student

Sofia Dall'Orso