Neural Dynamics of Cognitive Control
Dominic Standage, PhD
Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow,
School of Psychology / Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics,
University of Birmingham,
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Abstract: I will describe two recent studies on the use of strategies toward cognitively demanding tasks. One study used neural models to investigate the storage limitations of working memory. The other used graphical methods with functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate sensorimotor adaptation. Both studies provide evidence that cognitive strategies are supported by the control of distributed neural dynamics, and that these dynamics explain group differences in task performance. I will discuss relationships between these and related tasks and methodologies, how they provide a foundation for investigating the neural bases of cognition, and their potential for clinical research on neurodegeneration and cognitive impairment.
Brief Bio: Dominic Standage is a senior research fellow at the School of Psychology and the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics, University of Birmingham. Dominic earned degrees in Psychology and Artificial Intelligence before completing his PhD in Computer Science at Dalhousie University, where he specialized in computational neuroscience. Prior to his current fellowship, Dominic was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Neuroscience Studies and the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen's University. Dominic's research combines computational modelling and data analysis to investigate the neural bases of cognition.