Mental Capacity


ATIA defines talent as the difference between acquired mental capacities and the level to which these could be developed according to the capacities of an individual’s brain.


What is Mental Capacity?

Mental capacity is often understood as a synonym for brainpower or intelligence. ATIA understands mental capacity as encompassing intelligence or cognitive capacity, but also the capacity to regulate one’s emotions. Since Damasio’s groundbreaking research,  we know that emotions do not only hamper decision making, but they can also do the opposite: assist us in optimal decision taking (as long as somatic markers, e.g. afferent feedback signals, inform us about the positive or negative consequences of behavioural options).


ID1000 Project

Assessing individual differences based on the structure and activity of neural networks
ATIA has started a study on Cognitive Reserve in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam since October 2010, with Andries van der Leij and Steven Scholte. The project's goal is obtaining a reliable tool to measure what makes someone unique on basis of neural, behavioural and (potentially) genetic information.
Read the paper here.

ATIA software to select top athletes

ATIA has, in the past, applied its reasoning software to research the mental capacity of young talented athletes. Many factors influence the selection of athletes e.g. genetic and social factors. At ATIA, we are convinced that a succesful selection and talent development is based on distinguishing between these data.
The ID1000 data base is an excellent data base to compare the data of personal characteristics of young athletes with its content of more than 900 brain scans of young adults.
Read the article (in Dutch) by Koen Böcker


For previous news about Cognitive Reserve,  click here

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