The Mission of the Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience is two-fold. One goal is to investigate the biological bases of human social cognition and behavior, particularly those aspects that have been under strong evolutionary selection pressure.

A second goal is to advance our understanding of hominin brain evolution through comparing the brains of modern humans with non-human primate brains using a variety of non-invasive brain imaging technologies, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). These methods enable comparisons of brain structure and function between humans and non-human primates. 

.                          fMRI                                                       TMS                                                      DTI