Dr. Elisabeth Stöttinger
Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience
My current research combines cognitive and neuroscientific approaches to examine how we make sense of the world. I am interested in how we use perceptual information to build mental models about the environment and how we adapt these models when incoming information does not match our expectations. I have investigated these processes in numerous participant populations, including healthy young individuals and seniors, brain damaged patients and children. For this research, I used a variety of methodologies such as behavioral and neuroimaging methods (fMRI and Lesion Overlay Analysis) and computational modeling. Most recently I showed that the ability to update mental representations plays a key role in Theory of Mind. In my early work I examined the influence of lower level visual elements (e.g., visual illusions, numerical magnitude) on perception and action; I exposed some key methodological constraints that explain many of the prior controversies in this field. I have also worked on the influence of perception (direct vs. indirect) on episodic and semantic memory, and the implications of perception on Theory of Mind.