Brain lateralisation for language areas and fibres is supposed to be unique to our species. In my PhD project, I investigate whether similar brain lateralisation for homologous brain areas and fibres also exists in our close primate relatives (mainly baboons, but also chimpanzees).
Curiously, there seems to be a link between this lateralisation and hand preference for communicative gesture. Therefore, we theorise that gesture might have played an important role in the evolution of language.
In addition, I’m also interested in the development of the brain lateralisation and communicative behaviour of newborn baboons.
My supervisors are Adrien Meguerditchian and Olivier Coulon (LPC, INT, CNRS/Aix-Marseille University). Inspiring collaborators are Erin Hecht (Harvard University) and William Hopkins (MD Anderson).