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Neuromotivation and Network Integrity Laboratory



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Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD
Laboratory Director

Healthy individuals clearly learn from feedback presented both immediately and after a delay. Our studies show that individuals with traumatic brain injury learn better from delayed feedback.


Areas of Focus

Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD, directs the Neuromotivation and Network Integrity Laboratory, part of the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research where she is assistant director of Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), this lab examines differences in brain activation associated with learning from feedback, depression, and cognitive fatigue among persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The research focus is on the fronto-striatal network, which is involved in various motor, cognitive, and emotional processes. This network has been linked to both fatigue, a common TBI symptom, and goal attainment, which has been shown to reduce fatigue in healthy individuals.


Current Funding Support

Research is funded by National Institutes of Health.