The research of this group is aimed at better understanding the neural basis for cognitive and academic development during childhood and training-induced plasticity of the brain. In particular, we focus on working memory and attention, which are central aspects of cognition. Among the academic abilities we are especially interested in is development of mathematical ability.
The methodology includes functional MRI to study brain activity, diffusion tensor imaging to measure myelination, neural network models, genetic analysis and computerized measures of behavior. A major focus is development of computerized methods for improving attention and working memory in children with working memory deficits.
Overview of mechanisms of working memory training, from animal neurophysiology, human neuroimaging, genetics and neural network simulations (from Constantinides and Klingberg, 2016).
Grit Is Associated with Structure of Nucleus Accumbens and Gains in Cognitive Training.
J Cogn Neurosci 2016 Nov;28(11):1688-1699
The neuroscience of working memory capacity and training.
Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 2016 07;17(7):438-49
Specialization of the Right Intraparietal Sulcus for Processing Mathematics During Development.
Cereb. Cortex 2017 Sep;27(9):4436-4446
Changes in cortical dopamine D1 receptor binding associated with cognitive training.
Science 2009 Feb;323(5915):800-2
Prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia control access to working memory.
Nat. Neurosci. 2008 Jan;11(1):103-7
Annie Möller - PhD student
Fahimeh Darki - Postdoc
Federico Nemmi - Postdoc
Douglas Sjöwall - Postdoc
Teng Li - PhD Student
Nicholas Judd - Master Student
Ninni Påhlsson - Master Student
Margot Schel - Postdoc
Rita Almeida - Statistician
Torkel Klingberg - Professor