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Seminar: Susanne Jaeggi, PhD

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Uncas A. Whitaker Hall, 100
6760 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA

Presenting on “Promoting learning and achievement across the lifespan using  an individual differences approach”

Susanne Jaeggi, PhD, Professor in the School of Education at University of California, Irvine, will speak at 1:00 pm CST on Friday, October 29, 2021 in Whitaker Hall, room 100.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtduivqTguH92tDBwpLhy2TJ_1ixG_5QmN 

Abstract: I will present work from my group that has been focusing on the development and malleability of domain-general cognitive functions, and how they affect learning in various contexts. Specifically, I will illustrate how experiences and environmental factors such as schooling, musical training, or video gaming might impact such domain-general functions. Furthermore, I will present work that is dedicated to the creation and implementation of targeted interventions to improve cognition and learning in diverse populations. Although there is accumulating evidence for the efficacy of such interventions, the outcomes have been inconsistent, which has led to controversies in the field. I will argue that these inconsistencies illustrate the need to devote more research efforts to better understand the underlying mechanisms of cognitive training, as well as the features that contribute to the intervention outcome, and how those features can be leveraged to induce meaningful learning. I will present the results of several randomized controlled multi-site trials conducted by our group that address those issues. Furthermore, I will report on our recent work in which we combine cognitive training with transcranial direct current stimulation with the aim of boosting the training benefits. Collectively, I will demonstrate that cognitive training can indeed lead to benefits that generalize beyond task-specific learning, but at the same time, I will show that there are boundary conditions and important individual differences that moderate training efficacy. I will conclude by emphasizing that the focus on individual differences can provide important insights to inform the development of more effective interventions to promote transfer, and I will discuss the implications of our findings for learning and plasticity across the lifespan.

Host: Professor Henry Roediger, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences​, College of Arts and Sciences

Event Type

Seminar/Colloquia, Research


Arts & Sciences, McKelvey School of Engineering


Science & Technology

Biomedical Engineering, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Event Contact

Mimi Hilburg | mhilburg@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Susanne M. Jaeggi is a Professor in Education and Cognitive Science at the University of California, Irvine where she directs the Working Memory and Plasticity Lab. She received PhDs in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, as well as a ‘Habilitation’ degree in Psychology from the University of Bern in Switzerland, and she conducted postdoctoral work in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. She studies individual differences in working memory, executive control, and related cognitive domains, as well as their malleability across the lifespan. Because of the relevance of those cognitive domains in educational settings and daily life, her major work has focused on the development of cognitive assessments and interventions, and the extent to which working memory and executive control functions can be improved with experience and training. Her current work is funded by NIH (NIA, NIMH) and the NewSchools Venture Fund (EF+Math Program).

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