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Professor Zoe Kourtzi

Professor Zoe Kourtzi

Professor of Experimental Psychology

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Research Interests

I am a cognitive neuroscientists, specialising in the area of lifelong learning and brain plasticity. My work aims to understand the role of learning and experience in enabling humans of all ages to translate sensory experience into complex decisions and adaptive behaviours. In my lab, we combine multimodal brain imaging (structural and functional MRI, EEG, TMS), established behavioural paradigms from cognitive psychology and state-of-the art computational science to understand the link between brain structure, neural function and behaviour. This multidisciplinary approach advances our understanding of the brain mechanisms that promote lifelong learning and has translational applications in educational and clinical practice (i.e. development of diagnostic tools of cognitive health and training programmes in healthy ageing and neurodegenerative disease).

Key Publications

Wang R, Shen Y, Tino P, Welchman AE, Kourtzi Z (2017) Learning predictive statistics: strategies and brain mechanisms. Neuroscience, 37:8374-8384
Luft CD, Baker R, Goldstone A, Zhang Y, Kourtzi Z. (2016) Learning temporal statistics for sensory predictions in ageing. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience28:418-32.
Kuai S, Levi D, Kourtzi Z (2013). Learning optimizes decision templates in the ventral visual cortex, Current Biology23, 1799-804.
Kuai S, Kourtzi Z (2013). Learning to see, but not discriminate visual forms is impaired in aging. Psychological Science, 24, 412-22
Kourtzi Z, Connor E (2011) Neural representations for object perception: structure, category and adaptive coding. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 34, 45-67.
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