In this project, we are first exploring the relations between brain activity, using EEG recordings, and memory in typically developing children, young and healthy aging older adults. Second, we are characterizing the EEG microstates that are present in individuals with Down syndrome (Trisomy 21 or T21) or Williams syndrome (WS).

Is there unique brain activity that is associated with good memory performance? With poor memory performance? This study aims to determine whether the brain activity of individuals with good memories, whether they be typically developing children (5-9 years old), young adults (20-30 years old) or healthy older adults (65-75 years old), differs from that of individuals with relatively poorer memories. Moreover, we aim to determine whether there is a unique EEG signature that differentiates successful memory performance as compared to memory failure on a trial-unique basis. In a related project, we will characterize the EEG microstates found in individuals with atypical development, including individuals with Down syndrome or William syndrome.


  • Association Suisse du Syndrome de Williams (Switzerland)
  • ART21 Association Romande Trisomie 21  (Switzerland)
  • Associazione Famiglie Sindrome di Williams (Milano, Italy)
  • Associazione Genitori Sindrome di Williams (Italy)
  • Associazione Italiana Persone Down (Italy)


Prof. Dr. Pamela Banta Lavenex
Prof. Dr. Pamela Banta Lavenex Associate professor
Pierre Lavenex
Pierre Lavenex Ph.D. Co-PI, Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Development, Institute of Psychology, University of Lausanne
Adeline Jabès
Adeline Jabès Post-doctoral researcher, University of Lausanne
Christoph Michel
Christoph Michel Ph.D., Collaborator, University of Geneva
Stefano Vicari
Stefano Vicari Ph.D. Collaborator, Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital, Rome