Supervision of Doctoral Thesis of Tiziana Quarto

Brattico, E. (Handledare)

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperHandledare eller bihandledare av doktorsavhandling


Genes represent the ‘go’ square on the Monopoly board of life. They are the biological toolbox with which one negotiates the environment. While most human behaviors cannot be explained by genes alone, and certainly much variance in aspects of brain information processing will not be genetically determined, variations in genetic sequence that impact gene function will contribute to explain some variance in complex behavioral phenomena (Hariri & Weinberger, 2004). Previous findings suggest that serotonergic and dopaminergic neurotransmission crucially modulates the activity in the mesolimbic and cortico-striato-cortical circuits and that some functional genetic variants and differences in personality traits may explain at least in part the individual differences in processing cognitive, affective and musical information. In the current research plan, I aim at defining the neural and genetic sources of individual variations in affective and cognitive processing of music and language, and in personality traits, by means of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), behavioral tests, genetic mapping, and psychometric questionnaires.

Title of thesis: From genes to behavior: Investigating effects of functional polymorphisms on brain activity during cognitive and emotional processing
Period22 nov 20102013
ExaminandM.Sc Tiziana Quarto
Examination vidUniversity of Helsinki