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The Department of Psychology is delighted to announce the next online talk of the Mind Meeting Seminar Series.

On Thursday 3rd June, 3.30 pm CET, Professor John Duncan (University of Cambridge, UK) will give a talk entitled “Integrated intelligence from distributed brain function”.

When: Thursday 3rd June,  03:30 – 04.45 pm (CET)

The talk will take place virtually via Zoom. Please contact us at [email protected] if you are interested in taking part.

Abstract

Human fMRI studies show a tightly-localised set of “multiple-demand” or MD regions, involved in solution of many dierent cognitive challenges, widely separated yet strongly functionally connected, and linked to standard measures of uid intelligence. Multiple-demand regions are generally associated with “cognitive control”, but how should control be conceived? Using data from behavioural, imaging and single unit studies, I argue that the core role of MD regions is to solve complex problems in an integrated structure of simpler, more solvable, individually attended parts. With wide distribution in the brain, strong functional connectivity, modest relative specializations, and strong conjunctive coding, MD regions are well placed to act as the integrating core of complex thought and behaviour.