Studying attention and cognitive training in childhood using MEG and behavioural methods

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24 March 2014

Presenter(s): Dr Duncan Astle
Time: 13.00 - 14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

Functional connectivity within the brain is fundamental to its healthy functioning, with complex cognitive processes depending upon interactions between different brain regions. As children develop these connections mature and become more efficient. Over the past year, at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, we have been exploring these connections with magnetoencephalography, and exploring how differences in connectivity can help us understand why cognitive abilities differ so markedly across children. We are also exploring interventions, in this case intensive cognitive training, that may boost the strength of these connections. This talk will outline our recent progress in this programme of research.