Neuropsy Lab explores how cognitive abilities improve in children during their maturation, and which neurobiological constructs determine individual differences in their development. To find answers to these questions, we use classic and contemporary measures of mental-attentional capacity in conjunction with cutting edge physiological and neuroimaging technologies such as ultrasound, eye-tracking and magnetic resonance imaging.
Cognitive abilities are the higher brain functions allowing us to perceive, filter, memorize, process and restore information. These abilities correspond to mental actions we take to solve problems and acquire knowledge in everyday life. Cognitive processes improve throughout childhood and adolescence and they are highly linked to academic achievement and professional success.
Mental-attentional capacity is one of core cognitive abilities, it is defined as a component of working memory, which improve in children during their maturation and corresponds to the amount of information that a person can simultaneously hold and process in his/her mind.
"Practices of Development" is one of the oldest all-Russian conferences dealing with the problems of developmental psychology, education and pedagogy. Employees of the laboratory of neurobiological foundations of cognitive development took part in the work of the section and organization of the symposium "Development of imagination in children of preschool and school age: cognitive and ontogenetic mechanisms". T. Kotova presented her research "Development of task representation", A. Kotov gave a speech about "The role of speech in the development of representation and imagination" and O. Blazhenkova made a presentation about "Development of types of imagination".
During the open day holding on the 26th of March our Lab's employees introduced the Laboratory for the Neurobiological Foundations of Cognitive Development.
Members of our laboratory and their colleagues from HSE performed at the 12th annual Budapest CEU online Conference on Cognitive Development (BCCCD22, January 10-14, 2022).
Alexey Kotov and Yulia Sudorgina published an article in "Frontiers in Psychology" on the influence of language on the comprehension and evaluation of judgments.
Congratulations to Valentina Bachurina and colleagues for their publication "A machine learning investigation of factors that contribute to predicting cognitive performance: Difficulty level, reaction time and eye-movements" in Decision Support Systems.
Anastasiia Liashenko, Zhanna Chuikova, Asya Istomina, and Margarita Yashina, members of Neuropsy Lab, took part in the international project competition, called "School of Real Affairs", within the framework of which gave students an opportunity to try themselves in the science field.
On November 18, an educational event for older teenagers took place on the territory of our laboratory.
Alexis Kouzalis, a first-year Ph.D. student at the HSE University School of Psychology, told about his reasons for coming to Moscow and his family's ties with the Soviet Union, and also shared his personal aspirations in the study of neuroscience, his professional achievements, and some interesting observations on life in the Russian capital.
The Neuropsy Lab at the Department of Psychology invites students to an online mini-course on "MRI Safety".
Participation is Free
Annotation: Last Sunday (19.09) we held a seminar for school children. Members of Neuropsy Lab gave young visitors lectures about various brain studies and their application in psychology.