Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC)

We study how people communicate with each other and how computer systems can be taught to communicate with us.


TiCC Colloquium: Marie Postma

What: The role of leisure activity and occupational complexity in cognitive performance
Where: AZ 210
When: Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 12:30 - 13:30 hours


A considerable effort has been invested in exploring the transfer of cognitive training onto everyday performance, particularly in the context of aging. Rather than focusing on the effect of short-term training (e.g., with computer games), in my research I examined the role of long-term leisure activity and occupational activity in attention.
In Study 1 (N = 120), we tested if life-long musical ensemble practice can protect against age-associated decline in response inhibition performance. Playing a musical instrument requires high levels of executive control with a proven transfer to other cognitive domains; therefore, we might expect older musicians to perform better on tests that require inhibitory attention.
In Study 2 (N = 75), we used a variant of the auditory shifting task with dichotic listening to estimate cognitive flexibility and a possible relation to imitative behavior in participants with different occupational complexity experience.
Finally, in Study 3 (N = 83), we examined response inhibition in relation to imitative behavior in two age groups, younger and older adults.
The results of the three studies offer a complex, at times bleak perspective of the so-called domain independent cognitive skills and what awaits us all in older age.

When: 03 February 2016 12:30

End date: 03 February 2016 13:30