Dr Rogier B Mars
Dr Mars is a comparative and cognitive neuroscientist interested in understanding how different brains are organized. He is involved in coordination and teaching of brain anatomy and evolutionary neuroscience in the FMRIB graduate program at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and at the Department of Experimental Psychology. He is also involved in outreach activities for the general public, mostly focusing on evolutionary neuroscience.
Dr Mars's research aims to understand what it is that makes brains the way they are. Primates, and especially humans, have exceptionally large brains for their body size. Between primates, brains differ in size and in their internal organization. Why is this? We believe that each brain is an adaptation to the particular environment its owner lives in. Differences between brains are the result of deviations from ancestral brains that arose to deal with challenges in the environment.