As part of the NIAC Seminar Series, a special lecture will take place on Tuesday, February 8th at 1:30 pm in the NIL Large Conference Room (#2311). We are happy to welcome David Kaufman Ph.D., from the UCLA Department of Psychology.
Cognitive Flexibility and Control: Neuropsychological Importance and Biological Mechanisms
Summary: Advances in biomedical research make it possible to examine genomic variations associated with mental disorders and determine how environmental factors interact with these genes. Cognitive flexibility represents an important psychological phenotype that is impaired in numerous mental disorders. In order to better understand how the brain executes flexibility in the midst of a changing environment, neuropsychology research must investigate biological mechanisms of cognitive flexibility.
This presentation will summarize research that has used event-related potentials and functional MRI to examine key aspects of cognitive flexibility in Parkinson’s disease, healthy aging, phobia, and traumatic brain injury. Biological models of cognitive flexibility will incorporate neurophysiological data from these studies, along with recent genetic findings from a novel reversal learning paradigm.
Future directions will highlight the need for refining neuropsychological phenotypes of cognitive flexibility and examining their relationships with broader aspects of mental health.