Identifying the Neural Biomarkers of Adaptive Cognition Under Fatigue and Stress

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Our project uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), physiological biometrics, and human performance measures to investigate the neural mechanisms of adaptive cognitive function. Background image courtesy of

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Successful, goal-directed behavior requires a cognitive system that is both highly flexible to one’s ever-changing internal goals and adaptive to external physical and psychological stressors. The primary objective of this project is to use cutting-edge methods from cognitive neuroscience to identify the neural mechanisms of adaptive and maladaptive cognitive states under conditions of changing task demands, physical fatigue, and mental stress. Understanding these mechanisms will not only provide key insights into the adaptive nature of cognition, but they will also provide avenues for the development of strategies to both enhance adaptive cognition and mitigate the cognitive impairments caused by stress.



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