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RESEARCH PROFILE


We study the europhysiology and neuropsychology of cognition in human and animal models in norm and pathology. Human studies are focused on temporal aspects of information processing, learning, language, memory and attention and are aimed at the development of innovative neurorehabilitation methods. Our research involves normal subjects (children and adults), patients suffering from various brain diseases (stroke, focal brain damage, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease), cochlear implant users, as well as children with various speech and/or language disorders, e.g. language – learning – impairment, aphasia, deafness, stuttering, infantile autism. Animal studies are focused on neural substrates of learning, memory and other cognitive processes, like cognitive coordination and flexibility. Mechanisms engaged in memory improvement induced by direct current stimulation (tDCS) of the brain are studied in the model of spatial working memory in rats.



CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:


  1. neuropsychological basis of human and animal cognition,

  2. innovative methods of neurorehabilitation,

  3. speech therapy in different language disorders: aphasia, stuttering, infantile autism, hearing deficits,

  4. temporal aspects of information processing, language, hemispheric asymmetry, normal chronological aging, neurodegeneration and neurorehabilitation in norm and pathology,

  5. neuropsychology of normal chronological ageing, longevity and neurodegeneration,

  6. neuropsychological assessment of early stages of Alzheimer’s disease,

  7. cognitive deficits in infantile autism,

  8. cognitive abilities in patients with brain damage, aphasia, hearing deficits as well as neurodevelopmental or neurodegenerative diseases,


  9. neural basis of learning, spatial and recognition memory in rats,

  10. comparative behavioral studies on memory in different strains of rats and other animal species,

  11. neural basis of auditory recognition memory and auditory processing in rats,

  12. neural substrate of cognitive processes in spatial memory model in rat,

  13. efficacy of tDCS brain stimulation on cognitive processes in animal model.

The studies are combined with behavioral methods, electrophysiological, fMRI, molecular, pharmacological, neuroanatomical and lesion techniques.