KAREN CAMPBELL, Psychology Department, Brock University
Title: Finding the aging brain's natural capacity
Ebbinghaus Empire Series 2016-2017
VIDEO RECORDING OF TALK
Abstract: Our understanding of how age affects the mind and brain is largely basedeither on tightly controlled, though largely artificial, experimental tasksor, on the completely uncontrolled resting state. Neither of theseapproaches is ideal, as the former introduces a number of task demands (e.g.maintaining instructions, decision making) that are usually external to thecognitive process under investigation (e.g., language comprehension), whilethe latter offers no control over participants' thoughts whatsoever. In thistalk, I will advocate for a more naturalistic approach to neurocognitiveaging - driving neural activation with stimuli that more closely approximateeveryday life and measuring age differences (or lack thereof) in resultingnetwork responsivity/connectivity.
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