Sumary of New research project aims to better understand the brain basis of cognitive control:
- The faculty that allows people to make plans or goals, and carry them out without losing focus, is called cognitive control.
- Healthy individuals vary substantially in their ability to utilize cognitive control, and many neuropsychiatric disorders have been linked to cognitive control problems.
- But there’s quite a bit that researchers still don’t know: exactly how and why does cognitive control vary from person to person?
- He and his research team believe they have developed a more robust research method, and they recently published the first of what promises to be many studies examining the brain basis of cognitive control both in individuals and across groups.
- 19 for the September issue of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.
- When it comes to researching cognitive control, a typical study involves looking at how the subjects tackle one or two laboratory tasks.
- That’s because the cognitive control necessary to perform one task under one circumstance may not be indicative of different types of tasks under different circumstances.
- “But because of its simplicity, that’s how the field standardly tackles these types of research questions.