This research line is focused on the study of the involvement and functional dissociation of the dorsolateral and ventrolateral prefrontal cortices in different cognitive processes.
In particular, cognitive control involves the activation of two main neural systems with differentiated functions: a dorsal system, which includes the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and a ventral system, which includes the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex.
This line of research aims to deepen the understanding of the dissociation and interaction of these two systems through the application of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). We are particularly interested in characterizing the neural bases of three processes related to cognitive control:
- Emotional interference on working memory
- Risk decision making
- The theory of mind