Friday, October 27, 2023

Using Cognitive Neuroscience Techniques to Study Neurocognitive Aging in Former Athletes

2:00 PM

4464 East Hall

Featuring Eleanna Varangis, Ph.D., assistant professor of Movement Science in the Michigan Concussion Center and the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan. 

Eleanna Varangis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Movement Science
Director, Assessing Traumatic Head Injury with Neurocognitive Approaches Laboratory
Member, Michigan Concussion Center

Dr. Eleanna Varangis is an Assistant Professor of Movement Science at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology. I received my PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University’s Taub Institute before coming to U-M. 

My research focuses on utilizing cognitive neuroscience approaches to explore the effects of mTBI and aging on brain function. My background in cognitive neuroscience has inspired many of the methods I use to study these populations, including, but not limited to: cognitive assessment, in-scanner cognitive task performance, linear modeling of changes in task-evoked brain activity, resting state and task-based functional connectivity analysis, and diffusion-weighted imaging analysis.