Imaging Genomics

Imaging Genomics research group

The Imaging Genomics research group studies the genetics of language, brain disorders and laterality of the brain. For most people, the left and right sides of the human brain specialise in performing different functions and processing different types of information - in fact, much of our cognition is relatively lateralized to one side or the other.

Language is an excellent example of this lateralized function; in most people, several component processes are performed in the left side of the brain. Our research group is particularly interested in the genes that are involved in determining how the two hemispheres develop and function differently, for example by affecting how nerve cells carry signals and interact with each other.

Although it has been established that left-right asymmetry plays an important role in the way in which the human brain is organised, very little is known about the underlying molecular mechanisms. Our team of researchers is working hard to uncover new knowledge in this area. To find out more about what we are currently working on, visit our Projects page.

This research group is part of the Language and Genetics Department 



Clyde Francks

Senior Investigator
Language and Genetics Department
+31 24 3521929
Clyde [dot] Francks [at] mpi [dot] nl
Jobs paragraph
  • Altered asymmetry of cerebral cortex thickness in autism spectrum disorder. The stars show the affected brain regions.
    31 October 2019

    People with autism have a more symmetrical brain

    Do people with autism have differently organised brains? A large-scale MRI study, published in Nature Communications, reports fewer differences between the right and left hemispheres in people with...

  • Brain
    16 May 2018

    A new map of asymmetry in the human brain

    A research team led by the MPI for Psycholinguistics has compared a massive number of 17,141 brain scans to examine the similarity in anatomy of the left and right brain halves. The brains of people...

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