Faculty of Mathematics, Physics
and Informatics
Comenius University Bratislava

Seminar of Cognitive Science - Martin Marko (15.11.2016)

Tuesday 15.11.2016 at 16:30, Lecture room I/9

14. 11. 2016 09.42 hod.
By: Igor Farkaš

Mgr. Martin Marko, PhD.:
Neurocognitive modulation of flexible thought: the effect of acute stress and transcranial electrical stimulation

Stress initiates complex adaptive responses that affect multiple brain areas responsible for cognitive functioning. Recent research has indicated that this effect may be specifically deteriorative for cognitive flexibility, an attribute of human cognitive system that is related to innovation and insight. The lecture is divided into three parts. Firstly it summarizes recent findings related to changes in large-scale brain networks under acute stress that modulate distinct cognitive functions and, specifically, cognitive flexibility. Secondly, theoretical and methodological issues regarding plausible cognitive influences and new operational definitions of cognitive flexibility are discussed within the framework of complex network theory. Finally, we provide a brief review of transcranial direct current stimulation technique and propose its possible application for research in cognitive science and cognitive flexibility in particular.