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Major scientific interests: Cognitive processes, cognitive neurosciences, memory, language, brain neuroplasticity, factors influencing brain plasticity
Frank Rösler is a psychologist. His research focuses on the biological basis of cognitive processes, especially memory and language. He is also investigating the neuroplasticity of the brain in cases of damage to the nervous system. He was among the first to measure thought processes physiologically and is regarded as one of the pioneers of “Cognitive Neuroscience”.
Frank Rösler investigates brain functions such as perception, attention control, memory formation, decision making, and action control. These cognitive tasks originate in a nervous system in which the connections between nerve cells change through experience (plasticity). Frank Rösler would like to understand how such cognitive tasks are generated in this system and which processes are involved. He was one of the first to use EEG (Electroencephalogram) to measure electrical mass potentials during thought processes. He thereby laid the foundation for the “Cognitive Neurosciences”.
One of Frank Rösler's main areas of research are memory representations: We can only absorb and understand new things through experience and knowledge. The memory includes all other cognitive functions. Rösler asks: Where is the memory located? How does it work? He has investigated which brain structures are involved in memory retrieval and how they interact with each other.
Rösler is also studying the properties of the brain-mind system and genetic, epigenetic and environmental influences on brain plasticity. He inquires about the influencing factors and consequences of socialization. After all, the characteristics of society and culture also influence the plasticity of the brain.
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