Michael Petrides, PhD

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Michael Petrides, PhD
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michael.petrides [at] mcgill.ca

Michael Petrides is examining the function of the different areas of the frontal cortex and their interaction with parietal and temporal areas in cognitive activity, particularly planning and working memory. For instance, he has shown that the ability to monitor self-generated, intentional actions in working memory depends on a specific part of the dorsolateral frontal cortex, which interacts with the parietal cortex during the mental manipulation of information. He also examines the cytoarchitecture and connectivity of the different cortical areas. Petrides is also studying single cells in this region of the brain to determine the specific neural activity that underlies working memory monitoring.

Current research: 

Cognitive Neuroscience

Selected publications: 

Mackey, S., and Petrides, M. Quantitative demonstration of comparable architectonic areas within the ventromedial and lateral orbital frontal cortex in the human and macaque monkey brains. European Journal of Neuroscience, 2010, 32, 1940-1950.

Kelly, C., Uddin, L.Q., Shehzad, Z., Margulies, D.S., Xavier Castellanos, F., Milham, M.P., and Petrides, M. Broca’s region: linking human brain functional connectivity data and non-human primate tracing anatomy studies. European Journal of Neuroscience, 2010, 32, 383-398.

Champod, A.S. and Petrides, M. Dissociation within the frontoparietal network in verbal working memory: A parametric functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Journal of Neuroscience, 2010, 30, 3849-3856.

Margulies, D.S., Vincent, J.L., Kelly, C., Lohmann, G., Uddin, L.Q., Biswal, B.B., Villringer, A., Castellanos, F.X., Milham, M.P., and Petrides, M. Precuneus shares intrinsic functional architecture in humans and monkeys. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2009, 106, 20069-20074.

Petrides, M. and Pandya, D.N. Distinct parietal and temporal pathways to the homologues of Broca’s area in the monkey. PLoS Biology, 2009, 7, e1000170.

Mackey, S., and Petrides, M. Architectonic mapping of the medial region of the human orbitofrontal cortex by density profiles. Neuroscience, 2009, 159, 1089- 1107.

Frey, S., Campbell, J.S.W., Pike G.B., and Petrides, M. Dissociating the human language pathways with high angular resolution diffusion fiber tractography. Journal of Neuroscience, 2008, 28, 11435-11444.

Thaiss, L. and M. Petrides. Autobiographical memory of the recent past following frontal cortex or temporal lobe excisions. European Journal of Neuroscience, 2008, 28, 829-840.

Amiez, C., Kostopoulos, P., Champod, A.-S., Collins, D.L., Doyon, J., Del Maestro, R., and Petrides, M. Preoperative functional magnetic resonance imaging assessment of higher-order cognitive function in patients undergoing surgery for brain tumors. Journal of Neurosurgery, 2008, 108, 258-268.

Petrides, M. and Pandya, D.N. Efferent association pathways from the rostral prefrontal cortex in the macaque monkey. Journal of Neuroscience, 2007, 27, 11573-11586.

Champod, A.-S. and Petrides, M. Dissociable roles of the posterior parietal and the prefrontal cortex in manipulation and monitoring processes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2007, 104, 14837-14842.

Amiez, C. and Petrides, M. Selective involvement of the mid-dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in the coding of the serial order of visual stimuli in working memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2007, 104, 13786-13791.

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