Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg


New research project

Dr. Anna-Lena Schubert received a grant to study the neurocognitive process parameters of cognitive abilities.

Recent Publications

Zaehringer, J. K., Falquez, R., Schubert, A.-L., Nees, F., & Barnow, S. (2018). Neural Correlates of Reappraisal Considering Working Memory Capacity and Cognitive Flexibility. Brain Imaging and Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s11682-017-9788-6
Schubert, A.-L., Hagemann, D., & Frischkorn, G. T. (2017). Is general intelligence little more than the speed of higher-order processing? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146, 1498-1512. doi: 10.1037/xge0000325

Research Topics

Much of our research focuses on identifying the neuro-cognitive mechanisms underlying individual differences in general intelligence. In particular, we are investigating how interactions between processes and properties of the cognitive system such as mental speed, attention, executive functions, and working memory give rise to individual differences in intelligence.

To achieve this goal, we employ a variety of neuro-cognitive methods. We use an experimental approach to determine how experimental or pharmaceutical manipulations of specific processes affect cognitive functions and general intelligence. Moreover, we use neurophysiological methods to study the biological basis of mental abilities. The method we most frequently use for the study of brain activity is the electroencephalogram (EEG), which gives us detailed information about the ongoing stream of neural information processing. Finally, we employ mathematical models of cognition to identify process parameters differing between individuals.

Current Projects

  • Project grant (2018-2020): "Neurocognitive process parameters of cognitive abilities"
    (funded by the German Research Foundation - DFG)
  • Project grant (2017-2018): "What makes us smart? - Neurocognitive approaches to explaining the relationship between mental speed and mental abilities by attentional lapses"
    (with Jan Rummel, Institute of Psychology, Heidelberg University; funded by the FRONTIERS fund of the excellence initiative of the German Research Foundation - DFG)
  • Assessing the relationship between mental speed and general intelligence on a neuro-cognitive level (more information)
  • Experimental manipulation of attention and executive functions (more information)
  • Mathematical modeling of individual differences in cognition (more information)
  • The neuro-cognitive mechanisms underlying rational thinking

Past Projects

  • Individual differences in affect and temperament
  • The interaction of emotion processing and cognitive functions (in particular attention)
  • Individual differences in change blindness
  • Psychophysiological responses to aesthetic stimuli
  • Physiological measurement problems
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