PROJECTS

The majority of projects in Neuropsy Lab fall under one of these two categories.

Cognitive Development: Quantification of mental-attentional capacity
Cognitive abilities improve dramatically over childhood and adolescence.  One core cognitive ability that improves with age is mental-attention.  Mental-attention corresponds to the amount of information a child can hold and process in mind; it is the maturational component of working memory.  What we aim to understand is how and when mental-capacity improvements occur.  Can we assign a numerical value to these changes and would this quantification be the same across domains?  How is mental-attentional capacity affected in children with cognitive difficulties?  In a series of behavioural and neuroimaging studies we are exploring the mechanism that drive these changes.  A mentor and collaborator on this work is Dr. Juan Pascual-Leone, a developmental psychologist, constructivist theoretician, with academic roots tracing back to Jean Piaget.

Modeling brain-behaviour relations
What are the brain areas responsible for processing faces, solving mathematical problems or x?  Substitute x with a function that is relevant to an interesting topic we are working on.  Neuroimaging research is booming and it is easy to hastily identify studies that may support a hypothesis or another.  To really get a sense of the state of the art on a topic we conduct systematic meta-analyses to create topographical models that identify significant concordance across studies.  For meta-analyses we use software from brainmap database.


Artwork with permission by young friends of the Neuropsy Lab.