Cognitive Aging and Neurophysiology of Aging Labs
Jerri Edwards, Ph.D. and Jennifer J. Lister, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA, along with Ross Andel, Ph.D. andAryn L. Harrison, Ph.D. collaborate to compare the effectiveness of cognitive interventions (often referred to as "brain fitness" or "brain training" programs) to counter age-related cognitive decline. Ongoing research is directed at examining the underlying mechanisms of effective cognitive interventions. Specifically, we are determining the key processes that mediate training effects on cognitive and everyday functional performance. To this end, we are currently examining both behavioral mediators and the underlying neural mechanisms of cognitive training effects. We are also interested in how training-induced neural changes in the brain are related to improvements in cognitive behavioral performance. Our research is aimed at improving the effectiveness of cognitive training techniques to compensate for age-related cognitive decline. Ultimately, our goal is to promote health, well-being, and independence among older adults.