Talk by Prof. Antonino Vallesi

Event Date: 
Fri, 04/07/2014 - 12:00

CBC Seminars

Antonino Vallesi, from Department of Neuroscience in University of Padova (Italy), invited by Albert Costa (SPB group)

Title: Executive functions in the brain: left-right organizational gradients?


Hemispheric asymmetries are well known in domains such as spatial attention and language processing. Little is known however about hemispheric asymmetries in executive functions, the set of cognitive operations which allow goal-directed behaviour. I will review recent evidence mainly from my lab in favour of an anatomo-functional fractionation of executive functions along a left-right organizational gradient within the prefrontal cortex and related neural networks. In particular, criterion setting – the capacity to flexibly set up and select task rules – is more left-lateralised; monitoring – the process of continuously checking whether those rules are being applied optimally within the current context – is more right-lateralised. Simpler explanations, such as those concerning the type of material used, will be ruled out based on empirical findings coming from neuroimaging and patient studies.








FridayJuly 4th, at 12:00



Campus de la Comunicacio UPF, C/ Roc Boronat, 132. MAP
Edifici 52 (Ed. Roc Boronat), room 52.S25

Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

How to get there:

Metro: Llacuna or Poblenou <L4>, Glories <L1>, Tram: Ca l’aranyó [T4]