WebLab: A new approach combining web-technologies and virtual-reality to study cognitive functions

The aim of the WebLab project is to develop novel paradigms to investigate the interplay between attention and memory in real-life conditions. The experiments make use of virtual reality and web-based technologies to track the behavior of participants in real and virtual worlds. This will enable quantifying and modeling the impact of memory-derived expectations on attention control and selection. We expect that these processes will involve functional interactions between the fronto-parietal attention networks and the medial temporal lobe.

The output of the project will have a broad impact, including novel technologies to integrate web-based platforms, virtual reality systems and fMRI; implications for the investigation of other high-cognitive functions in real-life, such as the emotion and the reward systems; novel approaches for clinical studies and rehabilitation strategies; as well as novel frameworks for the implementation of computational models of high-level functions.

The project will be carried out in collaboration with the Neuro-i platform.