'Zapping states and maps: Exploring neural representations in attention and working memory using combinations of TMS and fMRI'

University house - Room G03
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Wednesday 18th January 2017 (13:00-14:00)
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Part of the School Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr Eva Feredoes, Lecturer at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading

Host: Dr Maria Wimber

Abstract: Current models of attention and working memory suggest many shared cognitive processes and neural mechanisms, and I will present causal evidence using TMS and concurrent TMS-fMRI that contributes to this view. Specifically, across a series of behavioural TMS studies, we have shown that visual working memory items are in a flexible state determined by the allocation of attention, and which requires the involvement of visual brain areas. I will also present results from several concurrent TMS-fMRI studies suggesting that enhancement of neural representations is a general mechanism by which attention might protect relevant information in the face of competing irrelevant information. This work contributes to a growing body of evidence showing that short-term information representation is neurally more complex and dynamic than previously thought.