Functional connectivity of the primary somatosensory cortex and its role during action observation

Researcher: Nikola Valchev, PhD Thesis defense: 2014 During the observation of actions performed by other people, our brain activates a broad network of cortical areas. It is commonly believed that information is first processed by the visual system and then the “action observation” network calculates a mental simulation of the observed motor act. Ultimately this […]

Images of healthy aging : functional brain networks and selective attention

Researcher: Linda Geerligs, MSc (PhD student) Thesis defense: 2014 First promotor: Monicque Lorist, PhD Funding: GMW-RuG We all grow older, yet a lot is unknown about the causes behind age-related changes in cognitive functioning. In this thesis, we have investigated how communication between brain areas changes with age and how this affects cognitive functioning. Brain […]

A non-unitary view of aging: Behavioral and neural variability during working memory performance in younger and older adults

Researcher: Emi Saliasi, PhD Thesis defense: 2014 Second promotor: Monicque M. Lorist, PhD (Exp. Psychology, RuG) Funding: BCN-BRAIN Aging is not a unitary process; rather the trajectory and degree of age-related changes vary not only considerably across older individuals but also across cognitive domains. In this thesis, we have showed that some older adults are […]