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 Dr Liana Machado

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Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology

My laboratory researches the mechanisms and machinery underlying healthy brain functions and the cognitive deficits that emerge as a result of brain disease and advanced aging.

Understanding Brain Function and Dysfunction

To this end, we study patients suffering from neurological conditions (such as stroke and Parkinson's disease), as well as neurologically healthy young and aging adults. We then combine the knowledge gained from each of these groups so that we can advance the current understanding of brain function and brain dysfunction.

Visual Orienting

My main interest is in visual orienting, including attention and eye movements, with a particular focus on how more advanced brain structures orchestrate the activities of more primitive brain structures in order to generate strategic behaviours.


Kouwenhoven, M., & Machado, L. (2023). Age differences in inhibitory and working memory functioning: Limited evidence of system interactions. Aging, Neuropsychology & Cognition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13825585.2023.2214348

Wong, Y.-S., Pat, N., & Machado, L. (2023). Commonalities between mind wandering and task-set switching: An event-related potential study. Neuropsychologia, 185, 108585. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2023.108585

Wong, Y.-S., Willoughby, A. R., & Machado, L. (2023). Reconceptualizing mind wandering from a switching perspective. Psychological Research, 87, 357-372. doi: 10.1007/s00426-022-01676-w

Ramos, A. A., Galiano-Castillo, N., & Machado, L. (2022). Cognitive functioning of unaffected first-degree relatives of individuals with late-onset Alzheimer's disease: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Neuropsychology Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11065-022-09555-2

Wong, Y.-S., Willoughby, A. R., & Machado, L. (2022). Spontaneous mind-wandering tendencies linked to cognitive flexibility in young adults. Consciousness & Cognition, 102, 103335. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2022.103335

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