Felipe S. Medina Rodriguez

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Felipe received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Auckland in 2013. He studied the behaviour and neuroanatomy of the tool-using New Caledonian crows from small South Pacific Island. His research challenged previous claims that New Caledonian crows are a highly encephalised species and that their advanced cognition is correlated with a relatively enlarged associative or motor brain areas. He compiled the first brain atlas for this species along with a detailed cytoarchitectural study of the crows’ telencephalon. Felipe then moved to Singapore to pursue his first postdoc studies. He's currently exploring the effects of transient injections of current onto the surface of the prefrontal cortex in animals performing a working memory task, the delay saccade task. Felipe's interests in Biology revolve around the neural mechanisms underlying animal behaviour and their constant evolution.