Keywords:Multi-Tasking , Congnitive , Behavioral Testing
We believe that we have successfully pre-identified individuals with extraordinary attentional resources or cognitive reserve on the basis of real-world, multi-tasking behavior. Furthermore, we have now assembled and inter-disciplinary team of researchers with complement expertise in behavior, genetics and neuroimaging from different schools across the Utah campus.
Our goal is to determine the genetic and neural markers of cognitive reserve in those individuals we have pre-identified as “Super Taskers” on the basis of their extraordinary, robust multi-tasking phenotype.
Our aim is to determine genetic variation across 15 super taskers and 30 controls for candidate genes related to dompaminergic function. Our hypothesis is that the super taskers will differ genetically from controls, particularly in a priori, candidate areas of the genome related dopaminergic, neurotransmitter function.
Principle Investigator: Stefan Pulst
Principle Department: Neurology
15 pre-identified "Super Taskers" defined as: individuals who were able to perform dual-task driving while talking on a cell phone without expected processing cost. These individuals have been selected due to their extraordinary, robust multi-tasking phenotype.
30 age, gender and education level matched controls.