Attention and executive functions
Our daily life depends highly on our ability to plan ahead or to stay focused on a boring task. These abilities, more generally referred to as executive functions, support and direct all our actions relatively independently from the specifics of the task. The important and complex role of this back office of cognition is reflected in its development. Compared to other cognitive functions, executive functions develop latest, until young adulthood, and suffer early in aging. In our lab we currently investigate only a few select aspects of the executive function universe. We investigate how executive functions such as working memory guide and enhance the efficiency of visual search. In cooperative projects we investigate the social and biological foundations of decision making, as well as the changes of the working memory network over the life time.