In the pursuit of biomarkers of real-life learning and behaviour
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Paul Matusz is a junior group leader and principal investigator at the Institute for Information Systems at HES-SO Valais and Department of Radiology of University of Lausanne, as well as an adjunct professor at the Hearing and Speech Department of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is interested in how adults and children process information in naturalistic settings, from the underlying brain mechanisms to consequences for learning domain-specific skills. Moreover, he studies how audiovisual processes contribute to neuroplasticity associated with gaming and VR interventions. In his work, he combines psychophysical, neuroimaging, computational and neurotechnological approaches in humans from typical and atypical populations. Since 2018, Paul fulfills the role of board member of the Swiss Society for Early Childhood Research. Paul has received several prestigious grants and awards, such as the Young Investigator Award from CHUV-UNIL Faculty of Biology and Medicine and Ambizione grant from Swiss National Science Foundation. His work is supported also by the EU Marie Sklodowska Curie Action, Fondation Asile des Aveugles, Fondation Pierre Mercier, UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council UK and National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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Learning environments like classrooms are cluttered busy environments. They are also profoundly multisensory in nature, with both the to-be-learnt material and distractors typically engage multiple senses. However, it remains unclear whether and how multisensory information processing studied in the laboratory can predict real-life behaviour and learning. In my talk, I will discuss how the study of multisensory processes across the lifespan can bring us closer to how individuals process information in everyday situations. I will present findings showing how multisensory processes as studied with psychophysical and electrophysiological methods are linked to object recognition and standardised measures of cognitive and behavioural functioning or educational achievement, and illustrate how multisensory processes could be an easy access point for measuring efficacy of learning.
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