skip to primary navigation skip to content
Nadene Dermody
Graduate student
01223 766 166

Despite the wealth of information available to us at any one time, we are able to navigate through these sensory-laden environments in a purposeful way. How do our brains select what is relevant to our current goal, direct our behaviour accordingly, and then update this once the goal changes? Using fMRI and MEG-fMRI fusion, I study how the representation of task information is affected by the manner in which we direct our attention (e.g., towards a location, and/or to a feature) in a core frontoparietal network ("multiple-demand" (MD) regions), and how these representations affect that of domain-specific regions to give rise to goal-directed behaviour. I am also interested in the link between the MD system and fluid intelligence, and whether (and how) cognitive processes affected by non-MD damage might nonetheless be supported by this system.

My work is supervised by Alex Woolgar (Cambridge) and Romy Lorenz (Cambridge; MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig; Stanford) and funded by the Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme.

CBSU publications
Petit, S., Badcock, N., Groostwagers, T., Rich, A.N., Brock, J., Nickels, L., Moerel, D., Dermody, N. , Yau, S., Schmidt, E., WOOLGAR, A. (2020) Toward an individualised neural assessment of receptive language in children, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63(7):2361-2385 [Open Access]