The research component of this division focuses on cognitive-experimental and neuroimaging approaches to cognitive functioning across the life span. There is an emphasis on normal and abnormal aging, and degenerative neurological disease.
Domains of current cognitive experimental studies include:
- cognitive experimental and traditional neuropsychological battery-based studies of cognition in normal aging and our diseases of interest, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's disease.
- basic timing mechanisms and their relation to other cognitive tasks
- metacognition and cognitive control processes
- emotion regulation and executive functioning
- effects of literacy, education, ethnicity, and acculturation on cognition
- development of attention and academic skill acquisition
- cognitive and exercise interventions for cognition
- cognition and functional capacity in Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases
- cognitive reserve
Foci of current cognitive neuroimaging studies include:
- networks underlying recognition and working memory in young adults, normal aging and Alzheimer's disease
- correlates of cognitive improvement in intervention studies
- correlates of aging and Alzheimer's disease in structural and resting CBF scans
- improved analytic methods for functional imaging