University of Zurich
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University Children's Hospital
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How do we transfer visual perceptions into stable memories? What is the role of attention and which neural mechanisms support this transfer? I investigate the organization and integration between the visual perception, attention and memory system. For this purpose I use behavioral, neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and neurophysiological technologies that allows for the on-line tracking of human behavior and brain activity in relation to the underlying brain structures in adults, children and humans with learning difficulties. Keywords: working memory, episodic memory, visual perception, neural development, developmental disorder, learning and memory, fMRI, DTI, EEG, preterm birth, congenital heart disease.
1 group leader, 4 PhD students
School achievement and academic career highly depend on the functional integrity of learning and memory. We investigate which brain structures and functions underlie learning and memory functions in typically developing children and children with neonatally surgically corrected heart disease who are at risk for having learning difficulties.
Visual perception is strongly influenced by selective attention, but how much attention do we need to acquire knowledge? Our recent findings suggest that memory and attention independently contribute to visual short-term memory capacity. Yet we also know that attention, perception and memory strongly interact. In our future studies we will further elucidate how attention is used to acquire knowledge, how neural networks contribute to the interaction between visual perception, attention and memory operations.
Techniques and equipment of human functional and structural neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI, EEG) and MR spectroscopy.
Klaver P, Talsma D. Behind the scenes: How visual memory load biases selective attention during processing of visual streams. Psychophysiology. 2013, 50(11): 1133-46. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12126.
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Hartmann-Müller Foundation, Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology
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