Cognitive Control Cognitive control refers to the set of cognitive functions allowing us to attain chosen goals in an efficient and effective way. Our lab is currently focusing on understanding how and where our brain represents and integrates all the relevant features of a task one plans to perform. Representative papers:
– Reverberi, C., Gorgen, K., & Haynes, J.-D. (2012). Distributed Representations of Rule Identity and Rule Order in Human Frontal Cortex and Striatum. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(48), 1742017430.
– Reverberi, C., Görgen, K., & Haynes, J.-D. (2012). Compositionality of rule representations in human prefrontal cortex. Cerebral cortex, 22(6), 123746.
Deductive reasoning is the ability to draw necessary conclusions from previous items of knowledge. Thanks to deduction we can for example represent relations between events (If there this gene you will have blue eyes), or we can extract new information from previously encoded knowledge. Our lab aims at understanding how our cognitive systems and our brain implement the ability to use deductive reasoning. Are all problems types solved by relying on the same cognitive machinery? What explains the different competence in deductive reasoning among humans? What are the boundaries of human deductive competence, and what can explain them? Representative Papers –Reverberi, C., Bonatti, L. L., Frackowiak, R. S. J., Paulesu, E., Cherubini, P., & Macaluso, E. (2012).Large scale brain activations predict reasoning profiles. NeuroImage, 59(2), 175264.
– Reverberi, C., Pischedda, D., Burigo, M., & Cherubini, P. (2012). Deduction without awareness. Acta psychologica, 139(1), 24453.
Development of tools supporting the diagnosis
The tools for the diagnosis of cognitive impairments often show low accuracy. Our lab aims at improving the performance of clinical test by developing new automated tools optimally integrating different sources of evidence (e.g. multiple behavioral tests, neuroimaging evidence). Representative Papers:
– Reverberi, C., Cherubini, P., Baldinelli, S., Luzzi, S.,Semantic fluency: Cognitive basis and diagnostic performance in focal dementias and Alzheimer’s disease. Cortex. In press.