Connecting European Neuroscience

Grega REPOVS

FENS-Kavli Scholars 2014-2018

Grega Repovš vas born in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1972. He graduated in Psychology at Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana in 1996 and was employed at the Department of Psychology as an instructor in General Psychology and a graduate student of Experimental Psychology the same year. In 1999 he successfully completed masters thesis Semantic memory and visual attention in schizophrenia and in 2002 successfuly defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled Computational model of attentional deficits in schizophrenia. In January of 2005 he joined Cognitive Control And Psychopathology laboratory at Washington University in Saint Louis as a post-doctoral fellow, where he focused on neuroimaging of working memory and cognitive control in health and disease, developing methods and tools for the study of functional connectivity during task and rest. In september 2008 he returned to Department of Psychology, University of Ljubljana to take the position of an assistant professor and in 2011 associate professor of cognitive psychology, and to establish a Mind and Brain Laboratory focused on integration of behavioral, EEG and fMRI methods in the study of cognition. Since his student years he was actively engaged in a number of associations and societies. He was a founding member and president of Slovenian Psychology Students Association, a founding member of Slovenian Cognitive Science Society, a founding member, secretary, and later president of SiNAPSA, Slovenian Neuroscience Association. He took active role in a number of projects and activities devoted to promotion and advocacy of neuroscience.

Country of origin: Slovenia
PhD: University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2002)
Affiliation: Mind & Brain Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
 
Previous affiliations: Cognitive Control and Psychopathology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Washington University in Saint Louis, USA (2005-2008)
  General Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (1996-2004)

Research interests: My broad research interests are in integration of behavioral, EEG, fMRI, pharmacological and computational methods in the study of how human cognition is instantiated in the brain. More specifically, my work focuses on cognitive processes and neurophysiological mechanisms underlying working memory, attention, cognitive control and decision making. A significant effort is dedicated to uderstanding the representations enabling visual and spatial working memory, the mechanisms that support their maintenance, and those that lead to their degradation and loss. In support of this goal I’m investigating the neuronal correlates of working memory maintenance and load, and the effects of target and distractor stimuli features on the success and accuracy of their maintenance in working memory. Another key component of my work is the development and refinement of methods and tools enabling the study of functional brain connectivity and application of graph theory to the analysis of brain networks. The aim of this effort is to understand the mechanisms underlying effective flexible cognitive control and the integration of brain function, and to identify the ways in which these break down in disease. A significant long-term goal of this research is to identify and validate robust markers of brain disease that would facilitate development of tools enabling and supporting estimation of risk, diagnosis, and evaluation of treatment efficacy of schizophrenia, depression, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

 


                           

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