Talk series “Neurocognition & Work”

Date(s) - 10/25/2022 - 02/28/2023
16:00 - 17:00

When: Tuesdays, 4 pm CET

What started as an adaption to the circumstances during the pandemic, has turned out to be an excellent opportunity to engage in scientific exchange with scientist from all over the world. Hence, the Department of Ergonomics will continue to host a talk series. Interested guests are welcome to join. The lectures take place online via Zoom or/and on site at IfADo in Dortmund.

Representing the variety of research topics investigated in our department, the invited talks will range from basic research on attention, working memory or perception to more applied topics related to cognitive neuro-ergonomics or human machine-interaction. Please see details on the upcoming talks and topics below. Talks will be approximately 45 minutes, followed by a discussion.


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Dec 6 at IfADo and online: Dr. Mehdi Senoussi, Ghent University: Modelling the mechanistic role of frontal theta oscillations in flexible task implementation

Whether we are biking to work, writing a seminar abstract or cooking a new recipe, we need to implement sets of rules constituting the task at hand. In such situations, efficient performance depends on flexible adaptation to task demands (e.g. novelty or difficulty of the task). However, it remains unclear what neurophysiological mechanisms support such unique feats of cognitive flexibility. In this seminar, I will present some modelling and empirical (behavior & EEG) work in which we investigated how oscillatory processes, i.e. frontal theta oscillations, flexibly adapt to task demands to support behavioral performance. I will then briefly present how this mechanism could relate to other cognitive functions, neurophysiological systems (e.g. arousal), and potential applications. Finally, I will present future projects aiming to uncover how this flexible neural adaptation can be learned, and how complex verbal instructions shape task representations and interference between concurrent tasks.

Dec 13 at IfADo and online: Prof. Dr. Klaus Gramann, TU Berlin: Combining Mobile Brain/Body Imaging with Virtual Reality – new prospects for ecological investigations of human brain function

Virtual reality (VR) enables controlled experiments beyond standard laboratory protocols. In combination with Mobile Brain/Body Imaging (MoBI), VR offers new opportunities in cognitive neuroscience research introducing hitherto unknown possibilities for mapping out human brain function in ecological valid scenarios. While a combination of virtual reality, motion capture, and brain imaging can assess the most important aspects of embodied cognitive processes, it further provides unprecedented opportunities for systematically manipulating the constituent factors of sensory-motor integration underlying natural cognitive processes with protocols that would not be possible without VR. Experiments conducted at the Berlin Mobile Brain/Body Imaging Labs reveal striking differences in brain dynamics underlying active behavior as compared to stationary desktop protocols. The results give new insights into human brain activity during active behaviors and a critical perspective on problems arising from the combination of new technologies as well as problems when comparing new results from mobile protocols with established physiological parameters stemming from traditional desktop-based and movement-restricted protocols.

Jan 17, online: Dr. Matthew D. Bachmann, University of Toronto: The dynamic interplay between attention and reward

Feb 14, online: Prof. Dr. Peter Shepherdson, University of Akureyri (Iceland)


Past Talks:

  • Dr. Louise C. Barne, The French Aerospace Lab ONERA: Enhanced neural processing of attended stimuli –  decoding the content under spatial and temporal attention (recording on YouTube)
  • Dr Blaire Dube, Ohio State University: Interactions between attention and visual working memory: How their circuit supports behaviour, and what happens when it fails (recording on YouTube)
  • Dr Timothy Brady, University of California, San Diego: Why intuitive theories of memory lead us wrong: memory representations are continuous strength, population-based and hierarchical (recording on YouTube)
  • Dr Monique Lorist, University of Groningen: Probabilistic feedback: what do we do with it?
  • Dr Keisuke Fukuda, University of Toronto Mississauga, Visual working memory representations are distorted by its use in perceptual comparisons (recording on YouTube)
  • Dr Julian Keil, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Brain-state dependent multisensory perception (recording on YouTube)
  • Dr Tara Behrend, Purdue University, Electronic Surveillance of Workers: Effects on Performance and Well-Being (recording on YouTube)
  • Dr Anna-Katharina Bauer, University of Oxford: Synchronisation of neural oscillations within and across sensory modalities (recording on YouTube)
  • Dr Kirsten Adam, University of California, San Diego: Trial-by-trial dynamics of attention and working memory (recording on YouTube)
  • Peter Clayson, University of South Florida, USA: Considerations and Implications of Open Science for Studies of Human Electrophysiology – the Benefits of Adopting Open Science Practices (recording on YouTube)
  • Dr. Peter Hancock, University of Central Florida: Discussion and Q&A
  • Dr. Norman Forschack, Universität Leipzig: Dynamics of Attentional Allocation during Visual Search
  • Dr. Nora Turoman, University of Geneva: Attention and memory in a multisensory world


Scientific Contact: 
Dr. Laura Klatt
Department of Ergonomics
Phone: +49 231 1084-260