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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June 13, 2012