Lydia Barnes


University position

PhD student
Supervised by Dr Alexandra Woolgar

Departments

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

Institutes

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

Home page

https://www.researchgate.net/profile... (personal home page)

Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Systems and Computational Neuroscience

Interests

I'm interested in how a limited physical system like the brain supports flexible focus on many different tasks. Humans are remarkable for their ability to generalise from what they know to new situations. We now know that a widespread 'multiple-demand' brain network adapts to code task-relevant information across many different tasks. Those same brain regions are causally linked to fluid ability: how well we can solve new problems and do mentally challenging tasks. I study how these population-level adaptive codes change over time, to understand what they contribute to flexible cognition.

I'm also curious about why we sometimes choose to avoid mental challenges, or choose to do simple tasks poorly.

Research Focus

Keywords

attention

working memory

MEG

cognitive control

MVPA

Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

Collaborators

Cambridge

Alexandra Woolgar

International

Erin Goddard Web: http://mvr.mcgill.ca/goddard...

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