Federica Nenna

Ritratto Federica Nenna

Neuroscience, Technology, and Society, XXXV series
Grant sponsor

Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, UNIPD

Luciano Gamberini

Mauro Conti

Project description
Complex environments requiring multiple dynamic tasks and abilities are very common not only in high workload situations, but even in our daily life. Texting while walking, crossing the street while paying attention to the traffic, comparing maps and street signs looking for an address, are just a few examples of ordinary dynamic behaviors that involve more than one task. In these complex and active scenarios, an increased demand of cognitive resources occurs, causing a Cognitive-Motor Interference (CMI). In order to cope with the increased cognitive load provoked by the concurrent execution of cognitive and motor tasks, a performance decrease in the cognitive, or in the motor, or sometimes in both tasks can be observed (Al-Yahya et al., 2011; Leone et al., 2017). At the same time, the alteration of selected brain dynamics are likely to reflect a cognitive resource reallocation between tasks (Gramann et al., 2010; Debener et al., 2012; De Sanctis et al., 2014; Malcolm et al., 2015). However, when investigating such a real-life based behavior, innovation in paradigm design and analysis is undoubtedly required. In this perspective and for a better understanding of the neural basis of CMI in a high-workload scenario, an innovative and unconstrained MoBI (Mobile Brain/Body Imaging) set-up in Augmented Reality (AR) will be tested in the real-world. The aim is to study cognition in action, pointing toward the examination of the singular contribution of both cognition and motion to brain dynamics modulations in a highly unconstrained experimental context. Results are expected to generate insights for the recently born cyber-therapy area, with possible applications for cognitive-motor coordination trainings.