Stimulating the prefrontal and the parietal cortices to enhance the mathematical brain

Locations
Hills Building - R3 on the Edgbaston Campus map - room 1.20
Category
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Date(s)
Tuesday 21st February 2012 (16:00-17:00)
Contact

For more information contact Dr Ingo Bojak (i.bojak@bham.ac.uk)

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Stimulating the prefrontal and the parietal cortices to enhance the mathematical brain

The last two decades have seen an exponential increase in our understanding of how animals, infants, children, and adults process numerical information, as well as what the neurocognitive mechanisms associated with a cognitive impairment in numerical understanding might be. However, it is unclear whether and how this knowledge could be used to improve cognitive functions in the numerical domain. In this talk, I will discuss how a combination of cognitive training and non-invasive brain stimulation to the brain areas associated with numerical competence can enhance numerical and arithmetic abilities, and what might be the physiological mechanism for this enhancement. I will also describe the longevity of these effects, possible side effects on other cognitive functions, and its possible application to children, elderly, neurological patients and young adults in the future.

Part of the School of Psychology seminar series

Speaker: Dr Roi Cohen Kadosh, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London