Welcome to the Sereno Lab
Higher cognitive functions, such as attention, memory, or language, are usually taken for granted. Only when a disruption in these functions occurs do we realize how critical they are to everyday life. Attentional dysfunction is a hallmark of many human disorders, including mental disorders (e.g., schizophrenia), neurological disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease), and developmental disorders (e.g., autism).
In our laboratory, we hypothesize that spatial attention and spatial working memory share a close physiological relationship with saccadic eye movements. We study and measure eye movements as an indicator of these higher cognitive functions. Hence, our main goal is to improve our understanding of higher cognitive functions such as attention and working memory in order to improve treatment and outcome in people who suffer from such deficits.
Anne B. Sereno, Ph.D., Principal Investigator