Ms Nadene Dermody

University position

PhD student
Supervised by Dr Alex Woolgar; Adviser: Dr Romy Lorenz

Institutes

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Interests

Despite the wealth of information available to us at any one time, we are able to navigate through these sensory-laden environments in a purposeful way. How do our brains select what is relevant to our current goal, direct our behaviour accordingly, and then update this once the goal changes? Using fMRI and MEG-fMRI fusion, I study how the representation of task information is affected by the manner in which we direct our attention (e.g., towards a location, and/or to a feature) in a core frontoparietal network ("multiple-demand" (MD) regions), and how these representations affect that of domain-specific regions to give rise to goal-directed behaviour. I am also interested in the link between the MD system and fluid intelligence, and whether (and how) cognitive processes affected by non-MD damage might nonetheless be supported by this system.

Research Focus

Keywords

cognitive control

attention

fMRI

MVPA

Clinical conditions

Dementia

Stroke

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Collaborators

No collaborators listed

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