CoActions Lab

Cognition and Actions Lab

About the Lab

The Cognition & Actions Lab is part of the Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS) of the Université catholique of Louvain (UCL), which is located in Brussels, Belgium.

Current research revolves around the mechanisms by which the brain copes with the limited resources that are available to a living organism, being computational, energetic or otherwise. This encompasses several research topics, namely action selection which allows one to decide what to do next in dynamic and unpredictable environments, a process requiring the integration of multiple factors including perceptual evidence, biomechanical constraints, personal goals, contextual rules or the expected outcome of actions; inhibitory control, a mechanism regarded as critical for the selection of pertinent actions and their initiation at the appropriate time; effort-based decision making, which consists in the processes involved in minimizing the effort cost of our decisions, and especially in the context of Parkinson disease; mental fatigue, which can be viewed as a consequence of an excess of mental effort investment; visual selective attention, a process dealing with the allocation of limited visual resources to the most potentially relevant information; habitual learning, a process allowing us to learn how to behave in a complex environment while saving computational resources and chunking, a mechanism originally viewed as a strategy aimed at reducing working memory load, but operational in many other behaviors, including sequence learning, language and perception.

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Main research techniques

  • Anatomical and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Pharmacologic manipulation
  • Peripheral electrical stimulation
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Research themes

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  • Hot line: +32 2 764 54 29

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