Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab of Adele Diamond

Source: The University of British Colombia

Prof. Diamond’s lab integrates developmental, cognitive science, neuroscience, and molecular genetic methods to study prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the most complex cognitive abilities (‘executive functions’ [EFs]) that rely on PFC and interrelated brain regions. EFs include being able to ‘think outside the box’ and see things from other perspectives (cognitive flexibility), mentally relating different ideas and facts to one another (working memory), and giving a considered response rather than an impulsive one, resisting temptations, and staying focused (inhibitory control, including selective attention). These abilities are crucial for problem-solving, creativity, and reasoning, and for success in all life’s aspects.

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