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Michael Petrides elected to the Royal Society of London
Jun. 13, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Petrides, who has been elected to
the prestigious Royal Society of London. Founded in 1660, the Royal
Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK, dedicated
to promoting excellence in science. The ceremony will be in London,
UK, on July 13, 2012.
Dr. Petrides is a Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University. Since 1990, he has been the head of The Neuro’s Cognitive Neuroscience Unit. His special interest is the function of the frontal and parietal cortex in cognitive activity. Dr. Petrides became a James McGill Professor in 2001 and was a Killam Scholar (2002-2007). His other accolades include: the James S. McDonnell 21st Century Scientist Award: Bridging Brain, Mind and Behavior (2001), election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and to the Royal Society of Canada in 2011. Dr. Petrides has demonstrated that a specific part of the dorsolateral frontal cortex tracks information in our working memory while other parts select information for retrieval from memory or select what responses to make based on acquired rules. In the same brain regions, he has studied single cells to understand the specific activity underlying working memory and the mechanisms at work in retrieving information. He has produced the modern architectonic maps of the frontal cortex that are used widely in the neuroscience community.
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