Who’s in cognitive control?

Are you able to start a task and stick with it, all the way through, ignoring the temptations of the internet or the sudden realization that you should probably do the laundry? Or maybe you should be doing something else right this moment? The faculty that allows people to make plans or goals, and carry […]

Sum of incentives dictate efforts

When there’s a difficult task at hand, intuition tells us that the more motivated we are to complete it — the stronger the incentives — the harder we’ll work. And the assumption has been that the relationship is linear — the better the incentives, the harder people will work. Rarely, however, do people have just […]

Braver receives $433K grant from NIH

Todd Braver, professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $432,938 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support a project titled “Healthy Aging and the Cost of Cognitive Effort.” Read more.

Too Much Training Can Tax Athletes’ Brains

Too much physical exertion appears to make the brain tired. That’s the conclusion of a study of triathletes published Thursday in the journal Current Biology. Researchers found that after several weeks of overtraining, athletes became more likely to choose immediate gratification over long-term rewards. At the same time, brain scans showed the athletes had decreased activity in an […]

Tang, Braver receive grant from NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Catherine Tang, a graduate student working with Todd Braver, professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $39,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health for a project titled “Examining mindfulness training effects and mechanisms on cognitive control.” Read more.

Diving in to how our brains process information

Engineering, ArtSci researchers will use fMRI and twins to better understand cognitive control From the WashU Newsroom… How our brains process information is intimately tied to the kinds of goals we have or the tasks we need to perform. For example, when showed the word “yellow,” our brains process it differently depending on whether we […]