Tuesday Nov 19th, Torkel Klingberg gave a lecture on working memory and learning, showing that both genes and different sorts of training influence working memory, and thus learning.
Torkel Klingberg is professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet. He studies the neural basis for cognitive development during childhood and training-induced plasticity of the brain, especially working memory and attention.
A few publications:
Klingberg T, Training and plasticity of working memory, Trends in Cognitive Science 14: 317 (2010)
Dumontheil & Klingberg, Brain activity during a visuospatial working memory task predicts arithmetical performance 2 years later Cerebral Cortex, 22:1078 (2011)