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July 13, 2021
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Streaming online through NASA Langley
Hampton, VA
prof david badre sigma 0713
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Sigma Series -- On Task: How Our Brain Gets Things Done

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

How do we plan out the actions to reach a goal? Why is it hard to multitask? Why did life during the pandemic feel mentally exhausting? The human brain has a unique ability to devise new rules, plans, and goals and take the right actions to carry them out. We often do this on the fly, performing new tasks and solving problems we’ve never confronted before. This ability lies at the heart of our species’ unique ingenuity and intelligence. Connecting goals with actions depends on a function called cognitive control, and its mechanisms in the brain remain one of the enduring mysteries in cognitive science and neuroscience. In this lecture, David Badre, professor of cognitive, linguistic, and psychological sciences at Brown University, will introduce the neuroscience of cognitive control and discuss how the brain supports this function, as well as its impact on our lives and the way that we get things done. He is also the author of the book "On Task: How Our Brain Gets Things Done."