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Dr Sam Gilbert - Outsourcing' cognitive control into the external environment

A Mood Disorders Centre seminar
Date31 October 2014
Time12:00 to 13:00
PlaceSir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research

Mood Disorder Centre Think-Tank seminar series. All welcome.

Dr Sam Gilbert from the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience., will be giving a seminar with the title 'Outsourcing’ cognitive control into the external environment'.

The Think-Tank seminar series is organised by Dr Anke Karl, Dr Henrietta Roberts and Michelle Tester-Jones.


Empirical studies in cognitive neuroscience typically investigate participants’ unaided performance of experimental tasks. But in everyday life we often extend our cognitive abilities with external artefacts, for example using a diary or smartphone to set reminders for intended behaviours. I will describe some recent research investigating this phenomenon: how do participants choose whether or not to outsource cognitive control to the environment, and what neurocognitive consequences does this behaviour have?

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