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Ferath Kherif, Ph.D.

LREN Principal Investigator
Maitre d'Enseignement et de Recherche


phone: +41 21 314 9593

Laboratoire de Recherche en Neuroimagerie - LREN
Departement des neurosciences cliniques
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)
Mont Paisible 16
1011 Lausanne





Research Interests 

Part of my previous research work was dedicated to the study of language processing using neuroimaging techniques (Structural, fMRI and DTI). Large parts of my previous and current research consist of developing and applying multivariate methods. These tools are the continuation of the methods implemented in the Multivariate toolbox (MM, Multivariate method toolbox) that I wrote for SPM. There is growing interest in the combinatorics of distributed processing that defines cognitive anatomy. Put simply, it may be important, in neuropsychology and rehabilitation, to know which different combinations of brain areas can support a specific cognitive process. My main interest in neuroimaging lies in the study of inter-individual differences: the understanding of the nature and extent of inter-subject variation is critical for understanding the neural basis of cognitive processes in normal and abnormal populations. My overarching goal is to provide new tools for a more accurate and comprehensive investigation of neural processes in both normal and clinical populations.



Selected Publications 

Kherif F, Josse G, Price CJ. Automatic top-down processing explains common
left occipito-temporal responses to visual words and objects. Cereb Cortex. 2011

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 Ramponi C, Barnard PJ, Kherif F, Henson RN. Voluntary explicit versus
involuntary conceptual memory are associated with dissociable fMRI responses in
hippocampus, amygdala, and parietal cortex for emotional and neutral word pairs.
J Cogn Neurosci. 2011 Aug.

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 Draganski B, Ashburner J, Hutton C, Kherif F, Frackowiak RS, Helms G, Weiskopf
N. Regional specificity of MRI contrast parameter changes in normal ageing
revealed by voxel-based quantification (VBQ). Neuroimage. 2011 Apr

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Davis MH, Ford MA, Kherif F, Johnsrude IS. Does Semantic Context Benefit
Speech Understanding through "Top-Down" Processes? Evidence from Time-resolved
Sparse fMRI. J Cogn Neurosci. 2011 Jul 11.

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Seghier ML, Kherif F, Josse G, Price CJ. Regional and hemispheric determinants
of language laterality: implications for preoperative fMRI. Hum Brain Mapp. 2011

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Ali N, Green DW, Kherif F, Devlin JT, Price CJ. The role of the left head of
caudate in suppressing irrelevant words. J Cogn Neurosci. 2010

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