June 7, 2023



Sylvie Belleville's laboratory is pleased to welcome you to an event on cognitive training that will bring together the three sites of the cognitive training research group. This event will be presented by the three principal investigators who will each give a short presentation on one of their projects related to the topic of cognitive training.

You can find more information about the schedule of events, the speakers and the topics they will cover here.

Don't forget to register for the event.

We hope to see you there!

The Belleville Laboratory


Presentation of the speakers

Claudia von Bastian, Ph.D.

Bibliography : I am a cognitive psychologist and head of the Cognitive Ability & Plasticity Lab. My research focuses on cognitive individual differences and how cognitive abilities can change through experience.

I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Zurich, where I worked with Klaus Oberauer. During my PhD, I also spent a year at the University of Bristol as a visiting researcher in Chris Jarrold's lab. Afterward, I returned to the University of Zurich as a Research Associate and Lecturer. Before joining The University of Sheffield, I was a Research Associate in Akira Miyake's lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, working in close collaboration with Mike Kane, and later a Lecturer in Psychology at Bournemouth University.

Tilo Strobach, Ph.D.

Bibliography : Tilo Strobach studied psychology at the Free University Berlin and started his doctorate at Humboldt University (HU) Berlin in 2006. After a research stay at the University of California, San Diego, USA, he finished his doctoral degree in 2009 on mechanisms of optimized dual-task performance after practice. After that he hold post-doc positions at the chair of general and experimental psychology at the LMU Munich (2009-2011) and at the chair of general psychology at the Humboldt University Berlin (2011-2014). He also was an acting professor at the University of Hagen and visiting professor at the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt. Since 2015, Tilo Strobach is professor for general psychology at the Medical School Hamburg.

Sylvie Belleville, Ph.D., MACSS FCAHS

Bibliographie : Dr Sylvie Belleville is a full professor in psychology at Université de Montreal and the research director of the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM). Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging and Brain Plasticity holder. Director of the Consortium pour l’identification précoce de la maladie d’Alzheimer (CIMA-Q). Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) Cognitive Intervention, Reserve and Brain Plasticity team leader. Canadian Academy of Health Sciences fellow.


13 : 00 | Welcome and Introduction of Speakers

13 : 05 | Presentation No.1

13 : 30 | Question Period

13 : 45 | Presentation No.2

14 : 10 | Question period

14 : 25 | Presentation No.3

14 : 50 | Question period

15 : 05 | Closing remarks

Presentation 1:

Title: Using brain imaging to understand the mechanisms underlying cognitive training and to test its role in improving cognitive reserve in older adults

Abstract: Cognitive training has been found to increase cognition in older adults, but little is known about the mechanisms by which this occurs and whether cognitive training has a similar protective effect to that provided by cognitive reserve. I will present neuroimaging studies that examine the effect of cognitive training on the brain. I will assess how this compares to the effect of whole-life reserve proxies such as education or cognitive engagement. This will provide tests regarding the viability of using cognitive training as a heuristic model of cognitive reserve and as a mean to improve it later in life.

Presentation 2:

Title: Working memory training: A quick-fix to boost cognitive abilities?

Abstract: Can cognitive abilities such as intelligence be improved through training working memory, the ability to maintain and process information in the present moment? After more than 20 years of cognitive training research, this question is still highly controversial, with previous studies providing contradictory findings. In this talk, I will present recent research evaluating the effectiveness of repetitively practising computer-based cognitive tasks, and discuss the cognitive mechanisms underpinning changes in task performance.

Presentation 3:

Title: Effects of dual-task practice on task-order coordination and its adaptation

Introduction: Performing two tasks simultaneously involves the coordination of their processing, which is particularly required in dual-task situations with varying orders of the component tasks. Recent studies have shown that these task-coordination processes adapt in response to changes in task demands. However, it is an open question whether task-order coordination processes and processes that adapt this coordination underly the same or different mechanisms. To answer this question, we will apply cognitive training methods.


CRIUGM – Amphithéâtre Le Groupe Maurice

4545, Chemin Queen Mary Montréal, QC Canada, H3W 1W6

Registration period

April 12, 2023 - 12:37 until June 6, 2023 - 16:30

Contact us

For any questions about the event, please contact etudeora@gmail.com

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