Departmental Seminar: Pathologies and Remedies in Sustaining Attention
Professor Ian Robertson
Thursday, 28 January 2016, 12pm to 1pm
Lecture Theatre C, Experimental Psychology
Hosted by Professor Charles Vincent
The ability to sustain attention over time is not just a central foundation for other cognitive functions but also is important in emotional control. Here I outline some of the underlying processes in sustaining attention, and the particularly strong role that the locus coeruleus/noradrenaline systems, and right hemisphere fronto-parietal networks, play in this. I further outline the role of these systems in self-awareness/self monitoring and end by showing how it is possible to improve the performance of these systems through behavioural methods as well as by brain stimulation.