In the framework of the “Fruits of Ethology” guest talk series we will have the pleasure to welcome our next speaker, Dezso Nemeth (PhD), Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University (http://nemethlab.com/) .
Date: 30th of November, Thursday, 15.45
Location: ELTE, Department of Ethology (South Building), Pázmány Péter sétány 1/c, 6th floor
Title: Weaker frontal lobe functions can lead to better procedural learning
Learning and memory depend on multiple cognitive systems related to dissociable brain structures. These systems interact not only in cooperative but sometimes competitive ways in optimizing performance. Previous studies showed that manipulations reducing the engagement of frontal lobe-mediated attentional-demanding processes can lead to improved performance in striatum-related procedural learning. Here we present four studies in which we investigated the competitive relationship between statistical learning and frontal lobe-mediated executive functions. Our result shed light not only on the competitive nature of brain systems in cognitive processes but also could have important implications for developing new methods to boost learning and memory.
Keywords: memory systems, procedural learning, statistical learning, functional connectivity, prefrontal cortex, striatum
Márta Gácsi & Ádám Miklósi