Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience

 


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cognitive neurosience

Research Focus

  • Fetal and Perinatal Brain Development
  • Ontogeny of Memory Processes

Projects:

Development of Memory Networks in Children
Noa Ofen, PI. – A $1.9 million over five years to investigate brain activity that predicts memory formation in children. Dr. Ofen will analyze data from electrodes implanted in children who are undergoing surgery to manage epilepsy not controlled through other treatments.



Characterizing Typical Development of Memory Systems in the Brain. Noa Ofen leads this project applying a basic research approach testing developmental aspects of a variety of memory processes such as recall and recognition, associative memory and emotional memory. The research also studies the effects of cognitive control, executive function, and growth in knowledge base on memory development. For more information visit: Ofen Lab: Cognitive and Brain Development Lab

Testing Memory in Atypical Brain Development: In this line of research, Noa Ofen is improving understanding how various mental disorders that affect children are related to memory. In her collaborations with scientists who study various patient populations, Dr. Ofen is assessing memory development in children born prematurely, adolescents at risk for schizophrenia, and young adults who were exposed prenatally to alcohol and other drugs. For more information visit: Ofen Lab: Cognitive and Brain Development Lab

Educational Implications of Declarative or Episodic Memory. Noa Ofen is leading a project attempting to bridge education and the cognitive neuroscience of memory development. One specific goal is seeking to identify functional and/or structural brain "markers" as potential tools for assessment, and evaluation of effective interventions. For more information visit: Ofen Lab: Cognitive and Brain Development Lab