Mechanisms of Cognitive Control

A MoCC PostDoc and student working in DOIL.

Researchers in MoCC investigate the fundamental mechanisms involved in cognitive control in order to understand how we coordinate a range of complex behaviors, with the ultimate goal of improving cognitive control in both humans and machines.

Group Leader: Diane M. Beck
Support: Lisa Keating

Cognitive control is a hallmark of intelligent behavior. To behave flexibly and adaptively we must constantly re-direct our sensory systems (attention) and update our behavior to reflect our current goals.

Researchers in MoCC investigate the fundamental mechanisms involved in cognitive control in order to understand how we coordinate a range of complex behaviors, with the ultimate goal of improving cognitive control in both humans and machines.

Researchers in MoCC collaborate to:

  • Understand the effects and limitations of directing our attention in both laboratory and real world settings
  • Understand the control and regulation of our emotional system both in healthy and clinical populations
  • Assess the effects of exercise, cognitive training, and nutrition interventions on a variety of cognitive control mechanisms
  • Understand how our ability to coordinate behaviors changes with age
  • Understand the relationship between control processes and conscious awareness

We use a variety of methods in both humans and animals, including:

  • behavioral methods
  • eye-movement studies
  • MR methods (sMRI, fMRI, MR spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging, arterial spin labeling)
  • electrophysiology (EEG and ERP)
  • optical imaging (EROS, fNIRS, pulse measures of arterial elasticity)
  • neural stimulation methods (TMS, tDCS)
  • patient studies
  • intervention studies
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