Scalable Cognitive Brain Mapping

Introduction to scalable cognitive brain mapping

Daily life constantly presents informative stimuli to the human brain, which must appropriately process such information per its relevance to one’s goals. Such goal-directed processing of information includes several interacting cognitive operations, including attention, working memory, processing of interfering information, processing of emotional affect, and processing of feedback and rewards. These core cognitive abilities are vital for healthy daily life function, as they form the basis of cognitive control that then enables higher-level goal achievement.1-3 Core cognitive control operations and their underlying neural correlates are known to be dysfunctional in many neurologic and neuropsychiatric disorders, yet measurement of cognitive control operations as afforded by “scalable cognitive brain mapping” is not currently part of clinical evaluation.