Cognition in the Little Brain
Darlene Floden, PhD
Miriam Beauchamp, PhD
Morning Session: 9 AM - 12 PM
Cognition in the Little Brain
Center for Neurological Restoration and the Cerebrovascular Center
The cerebellum is no longer viewed as ‘just a motor structure.’ We are learning more about the nuanced contributions that the cerebellum makes to cognition. The goal of this workshop is to bring clinicians up to date on the field of cerebellar cognition. We will examine the anatomy and connectivity of the cerebellum to understand the basis for its involvement in cognition. We will review new and pivotal findings from the cognitive neuroscience literature that help to elucidate specific aspects of cerebellar function and consider proposed theoretical frameworks that may be useful to conceptualize the cerebellum’s role in behavior. We then turn to how theoretical frameworks map onto clinical manifestations of cerebellar damage or dysfunction using a series of illustrative case samples.
1. Recognize how the anatomy of the cerebellum forms the basis for its role in cognition
2. Review current evidence for cerebellar contributions to non-motor function
3. Evaluate the fit between theoretical frameworks and neuropsychological assessment findings
Dr. Floden is a Staff Neuropsychologist with expertise in the cognitive aspects of movement disorders, stroke, and other neurological conditions. She joined Cleveland Clinic in 2007 and holds joint appointments in the Center for Neurological Restoration and the Cerebrovascular Center. Her research interests include cognitive electrophysiology and the cognitive and behavioral effects of damage to the frontal lobes and subcortical structures. Dr. Floden completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta in 1996. She received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2005, and completed the Neuropsychology Fellowship Program at Toronto Western Hospital in 2007.
Afternoon Session: 1 PM - 4 PM
Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Montreal
Researcher, Ste-Justine Hospital Research Center, ABCs Lab
Université de Montréal
Miriam Beauchamp, Ph.D. is Full Professor in developmental neuropsychology at the University of Montreal (Canada) where she leads the ABCs developmental neuropsychology laboratory (www.abcs.umontreal.ca). She is also a researcher at the Ste-Justine Hospital Research Center and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University. Between 2006-2009 she completed CIHR-funded post-doctoral training at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute with Dr. Vicki Anderson. In 2009 she received a Career Development Award from the Quebec Health Research Funds (FRQS) for her research program in pediatric traumatic brain injury. She received the International Neuropsychological Society Early Career Award (2015) and the International Brain Injury Association Early Investigator Award (2019) in recognition of her work in the area of pediatric traumatic brain injury. She was also awarded the inaugural Prix du Québec – Relève scientifique in 2017. In 2019 she was inducted to the College.
Her clinical research program focuses on understanding the consequences of pediatric traumatic brain injury and concussion and her work at the crossroads of humanities and neuroscience seeks to improve social competence through the development of innovative social cognition assessment and intervention tools using technologies such as virtual reality, serious video games and digital health applications.