Organization of the visual and auditory systems in hemispherectomized patients
During my PhD project I will study the organization and functioning of the visual and auditory systems in hemispherectomized patients. A hemispherectomy is a surgery in which one hemisphere is removed or disconnected as a treatment for intractable hemispheric epilepsy. The objective is to get insight into whether and how the visual system and auditory system of hemispherectomized patients has adapted after brain damage and brain surgery in early life. For this purpose we will perform psychophysical tests and (functional) Magnetic Resonance Imaging ((f)MRI) directed at visual and auditory organization and functioning, including Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and tests directed at functions that are known to be lateralized or known to use both hemispheres in healthy subjects.