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How to find us prof. dr. M.M. (Monicque) Lorist

Research interests

Healthy human task performance is characterized by significant differences between and within individuals. The dynamics in behaviour, underlying the richness of behavioural diversity, are largely undelineated. My line of research explicitly aims at enhancing our understanding of mechanisms underlying this variability in cognitive performance within and between individuals. 

Of specific importance is the comprehension of changes in the flexibility and limitations of the information processing system in the ageing human brain and how the dynamics in this system might be used to deal with cognitive task demands and to prevent age-related performance deteriorations.
The combination of measures of behaviour (reaction time and accuracy) and brain activity (e.g., EEG, ERP and fMRI) to examine task performance, forms a crucial aspect of this research. Especially, the simultaneous use of these non-invasive techniques provides particularly important ways to generate new information about brain dynamics in healthy individuals.

Research topics that I am working on at the moment include:
• Effects of healthy ageing on attention, working memory and reward processing
• Mental fatigue and task performance
• Gender differences and stress
• Sensory and liking of food
• Effects of caffeine on cognition


Caffeine Boosts Preparatory Attention for Reward-related Stimulus Information

Adaptive event integration in the missing element task

Concurrent guidance of attention by multiple working memory items: Behavioral and computational evidence

Dynamics in typewriting performance reflect mental fatigue during real-life office work

Thinking fast or slow? Functional magnetic resonance imaging reveals stronger connectivity when experienced neurologists diagnose ambiguous cases

Towards a unified understanding of lateralized vision: A large-scale study investigating principles governing patterns of lateralization using a heterogeneous sample

Reproducibility of visual-field asymmetries: Nine replication studies investigating lateralization of visual information processing

Age Modulates the Effects of Mental Fatigue on Typewriting

Caffeine boosts preparatory attention to reward-related information

Controlling the Resit Effect by Means of Investment Depreciation

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Gif uit blik?

Radio-interview: 3 FM-Giel Beelen, VARA (4 mei, 2011)

Brochure ‘Koffie en Hoofdzaken’ van het Voorlichtingsbureau Koffie en Gezondheid (2011)

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