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Neural and behavioral correlates of mental effort

Objective

The wide use in daily life of the concept of mental effort points to a psychological construct that is dually perceived as capable of influencing significantly the quality of an action and, on the other hand, as imposing an important cost on the action itself. Despite its practical and theoretical interest, particularly for the neuroscience of executive function, mental effort is a surprisingly neglected area of investigation. In this proposal, we aim at elucidating the relationship among the degree of invested mental effort, its subjective perception, and its effects on cognitive performance, along with the neural circuitry underlying effort processing. The study will employ functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during an effortful mental task, complemented by the collection of relevant behavioral, psychological, physiological,, and brain morphological measures.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/psychology/psychotherapy
  • /engineering and technology/medical engineering/diagnostic imaging/magnetic resonance imaging

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2009-RG
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRG - International Re-integration Grants (IRG)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Address
Via Universita 4
41121 Modena
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 50 000
Administrative Contact
Carlo Adolfo Porro (Prof.)