Neda Khosravani

LIFE Berlin

LIFE Fellow since 2016, MPI for Human Development, Berlin

I received my master's degree and bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology, both from Shiraz University in Iran. During more than four years of experience in teaching psychology, I tried to focus on more empirical aspects, predominantly cognitive performance and neuroscience. Moreover, in six years of clinical practice on patients, I tried to get closer to more practical and efficient aspects of interventions. During this period, I realized that people have expansive capacity for change. They can adapt to altering environmental demands; obviously, this adaptation emerges in their behavior. Subsequently, I became curious about changes in the brain; in terms of both function and structure.
Having joined the Mechanisms and Sequential Progression of Plasticity project at the Center for Lifespan Psychology, I am investigating the relative merits of two alternative intervention strategies (“bottom-up” and “top-down”) for boosting fluid intelligence in children under the supervision of Ulman Lindenberger and Yana Fandakova. My dissertation will address an important and unresolved question: Is fluid intelligence more easily improved by practicing relational reasoning tasks or by practicing working memory tasks?

Dissertation project:
The effects of task-switching training in childhood: Individual differences in performance change

Selected Publications

Schwarze, S. A., Laube, C. Khosravani, N., Lindenberger, U., Bunge, S. A., & Fandakova, Y. (2023). Does prefrontal connectivity during task switching help or hinder children’s performance? Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 60, Article 101217.

Broeker, L., Brüning, J., Fandakova, Y., Khosravani, N., Kiesel, A., Kubik, V., Kübler, S., Manzey, D., Monno, I., Raab, M., & Schubert, T. (2022). Individual differences fill the uncharted intersections between cognitive structure, flexibility, and plasticity in multitasking. Psychological Review, 129(6), 1486–1494.

Khosravani, N., & Goodarzi, M. A. (2013). Patients with schizophrenia show deficits on spatial frequency doubling. Vision Research, 93, 49–53.

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