Psychology Colloquium: Causal investigations of cognitive training
Dr Hannah Filmer
The University of Queensland
What happens in the brain during cognitive training? How can we maximise the benefits of training? Functional imaging has provided insights into the neural basis of training, but this approach is correlational. An alternative is to use non-invasive brain stimulation which not only allows for causal inferences to be made, but also has the potential to enhance performance outcomes. Here, I will present my work using electrical brain stimulation to further our understanding of training both for single session and multi-session paradigms. Through a combination of group level and individual differences approaches, and in combination with imaging (MRI and MRS) and computational modelling, this work has provided insights into the regions and processes involved in training, the potential to enhance training outcomes, and the factors relating to individual differences in the efficacy of such approaches.
About Dr Hannah Filmer:
Hannah is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. Her research covers a range of themes, including frontal lobe function, brain training, ageing, and attention. She uses a variety of research methods, namely brain stimulation (tDCS, tRNS, tACS, TMS), imaging techniques (MRI, MRS, fMRI), cognitive paradigms, and psychophysics. Hannah is a principle investigator of the Queensland Attention and Control lab, and the president of the Australasian Brain Stimulation Society.
WEBINAR LINK: https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/s/82914216825