Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Investigating the aging brain …
Before examining pathological processes, one has to understand the normal functioning of the brain. Additionally, one should explore changes during cognitive development and healthy aging. The project addresses these issues by investigating the neural correlates of attention and executive functions during adolescence and aging with optical imaging (functional NIRS) and fMRI. In particular, we apply tests investigating functions of the frontal lobes, for example, the Stroop color word interference and Stop signal task.
Boecker, M.; Bücheler, M. M.; Schroeter, M. L.; Gauggel, S.: Prefrontal brain activation during stop-signal response inhibition: An event-related functional near-infrared spectroscopy study. Behavioural Brain Research 176 (2), pp. 259 - 266 (2007)
Schroeter, M. L.; Zysset, S.; Wahl, M. M.; von Cramon, D. Y.: Prefrontal activation due to Stroop interference increases during development-an event-related fNIRS study. NeuroImage 23 (4), pp. 1317 - 1325 (2004)
Schroeter, M. L.; Zysset, S.; Kupka, T.; Kruggel, F.; von Cramon, D. Y.: Near-infrared spectroscopy can detect brain activity during a color-word matching Stroop task in an event-related design. Human Brain Mapping 17 (1), pp. 61 - 71 (2002)