A closer look at our ability to switch from one task to another
Cognitive flexibility is the human ability to quickly reconfigure our mind and switch between different tasks. The EU-funded CoCoFlex will demonstrate that the processes behind cognitive flexibility can be conditioned by reward and controlled by context. The idea behind this is that cognitive flexibility is grounded in reinforcement learning and associative learning. The project will also test the counterintuitive hypothesis that increased neural variability (noise) in control regions of the brain allows for cognitive flexibility. What is more, since autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been linked to deficits in cognitive flexibility, the project will further understanding of the assumed deficits. The findings will provide new insight into the process of assessing the neural mechanisms and deficits in clinical conditions.
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