Cognition in Complex environments, Psychology, Faculty of Natural Science, University of StirlingBSc (Hons) Psychology, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (2009-2012)MSc (Hons) Psychology, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (2012-2014)
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Start Date: 1st October 2014
Exploring mobile cognition in complex environments
Refinement of techniques used in neuroscience in terms of portability and accuracy have open new paths to investigate the way we perceive, process and interact with the world upon us. These mobile iterations (lightweight, autonomous, untethered) allow not only reliable recordings in unhindered motion but also brain activity measurements outside of laboratory contexts, in a natural environment. The conjunction of mobile brain imagery (EEG, fNIRS) with physiological/behavioural measurement techniques (eye-tracking, motion-tracking, EMG,…) could, therefore, highlight the underpinnings, relations and ultimately lead to new findings on the complex and integrated cognition at work during every moment of our life. Even though evidence supporting the relevance and reliability of such techniques have been extensively documented in the literature, they remain largely unexploited to address cognitive questions. Mobile cognition techniques could be effectively applied to a wide range of topics within cognitive psychology, from answering healthy cognition questions to neurological disorders studies, to various fields such as in social psychology and sports psychology (marketing, performance enhancement,…). Definition of mobile cognitive markers would also benefit to other fields in neuroscience such as the development of brain-computer interfaces (neurorobotics, neural prostheses, neurofeedback) and contribute to their translation to everyday situations.
The mobile cognition project aims for a better understanding of the human cognition in its natural expression through the use of techniques at the edge of technology. Investigation of neurobiological markers in natural contexts will potentially shed lights on relations between cognitive processes and reveal new markers that have remained unnoticed under the scope of lab-based studies.
My research interests range from cognitive psychology to neuropsychology. Moreover, I find myself as a neuroscience curious and technology enthusiast, captivated by the human mind. I am particularly interested in innovative ways to study “how the brain is working” that are much closer to our actual everyday life experience. Given my background in clinical neuropsychology, I am looking forward to making use of the potential that offers such techniques in developing new rehabilitation and assessment methods for clinical practice.
I have been generously awarded a PhD Scholarship by the University of Stirling.
I would like to acknowledge the Guarantors of Brain for the travel grant that I have been awarded to attend the European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology (Bressanone, Italy, 25-30th January 2015).