Poster Title (Current Submission)

Hierarchical Processing following Focal Brain Injury

Major(s)

Biology

Minor(s)

Chemistry, Spanish

Mentor Name

Dan Tranel

Other Mentor Department

Neurology

Presentation Date

3-27-2010

Abstract

The ability to process information organized into multiple levels within the world allows humans to selectively use information to best suit behavioral goals. The prefrontal cortex coordinates our cognition and emotions to meet these goals using its extensive projections throughout the nervous system. Specifically, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPC) is necessary for normal emotional regulation, social behavior, and decision-making. We test hierarchical processing and social behavior using a three-level Navon task, charitable-giving neuroeconomics task, and multiple self-construal scales. The results of this research will deepen our understanding of the role of the VMPC in complex cognitive and social functioning.

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Hierarchical Processing following Focal Brain Injury

The ability to process information organized into multiple levels within the world allows humans to selectively use information to best suit behavioral goals. The prefrontal cortex coordinates our cognition and emotions to meet these goals using its extensive projections throughout the nervous system. Specifically, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPC) is necessary for normal emotional regulation, social behavior, and decision-making. We test hierarchical processing and social behavior using a three-level Navon task, charitable-giving neuroeconomics task, and multiple self-construal scales. The results of this research will deepen our understanding of the role of the VMPC in complex cognitive and social functioning.