Neurocognition and Functional Neurorehabilitation Group (Junior research group)
Dr. Cornelia Kranczioch
Department of Psychology
Faculty VI - Medical and Health Sciences
University of Oldenburg
The research of the group is allocated at the intersection of neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation. In brief, we are interested in how the treatment of impairments resulting from central nervous disorders can benefit from neurocognitive approaches and theories. Our research currently focuses on using motor imagery, that is, the mental practice of movements, to support neurorehabilitation, for instance following stroke or in Parkinson’s disease. In close collaboration with the Neuropsychology lab we conduct studies in which we combine motor imagery training with lab-based or mobile neurofeedback setups. We run studies in healthy volunteers to learn more about the feasibility and the limitations of the neurofeedback applications. Just as important for the group is research aimed at learning more about motor imagery and motor cognition in the absence of neurofeedback. We strive to implement what we learn from these studies in our work with patients. This research line is currently mainly funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and by funding schemes of the University of Oldenburg (in German) and of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Oldenburg (in German).
The second research focus of the group is the neurocognition of visual-temporal attention. Here we work mainly but not exclusively with RSVP paradigms such as the Attentional Blink. Among other things we compare brain activity (EEG, fMRI) in instances in which attention fails and in which it helps to successfully solve a task, or we study brain activity to better understand interindividual variations in task performance. This research line was funded by the DFG Emmy Noether program.
The group is affiliated with the Neuropsychology lab of the Oldenburg Department of Psychology, with which we share resources, infrastructure and ideas.