Cognition and Action Laboratory

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We investigate the interface between cognitive representations of objects, tasks, and action planning processes using behavioral testing with healthy and brain-damaged participants, voxel-based lesion analyses (VLSM), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS; in collaboration with Branch Coslett and Steve Jax), eyetracking (in collaboration with Dan Mirman), and Virtual Reality. This work enables us to understand how conceptual representations may be “embodied”, and the aspects of object representations that may be disrupted after stroke to frontal, temporal, or parietal brain regions. In addition, we study the role of spatial and body representations in the control of attention and action.

Current projects
   - Assessment and treatment of hemispatial neglect (development of the Virtual Reality Lateralized Attention Test - Video / YouTube)
   - The role of context in the pattern of action-related interference from distractor objects (with Chia-Lin Lee and Solene Kalenine
   - Investigating brain regions critical for resolving conflict between multiple actions associated with the same object (with Christine Watson)
   - Assessing the effects of left hemisphere stroke on action knowledge automatically evoked by semantic processing tools (with  Christine Watson)
   - Testing whether Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) can improve tool-use in patients with apraxia (with Steve Jax and Matthieu DeWit)
   - Investigating prediction abilities of parietal and non-parietal stroke patients (with Matthieu DeWit)

Shared tools
     Naturalistic Action Test

People

    Cognition and Action Laboratory

    Director: Laurel Buxbaum, PsyD

    Post-docs
        Christine Watson
        Matthieu de Wit

    Research Assistants
        Alexis Kington
        Leyla Tarhan

Collaborators
    Solene Kalenine
    Chia-Lin(Charlene) Lee
    John Krakhauer
    Branch Coslett (U. Penn)
    Myrna Schwartz and the Language and Aphasia Laboratory
    Dan Mirman
    Scott Grafton (U.C. Santa Barbara)
    Matt Botvinick (Princeton)
    Scott Frey  (U. Oregon)
    Steve Jax and the Perceptual-Motor Control Laboratory
    Katherine Kuchenbecker (U. Penn)
    Anna Borghi (Rome)

Alumni
    Konstantinos Tsagkaridis
    Chia-lin Lee, Assistant Professor, Linguistics Department at National Taiwan Universityr
    Solene Kalenine, Post-doctoral Researcher, Laboratoire URECA, Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille III, France
    Laura Barde, Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Pediatrics Stanford University School of Medicine
    Amanda Dawson, Select Medical Corp.
    Tania Giovannetti, Associate Professor of Psychology, Temple University
    Steve Jax
    Richard Palluel-Germain, Psychology and Neurocognition Laboratory, Universite’ Pierre Mendes
    Antonella Pavese, Senior User Experience Researcher, Google, Inc.