Research Labs

Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging Lab

Principle Investigator: Naftali Raz, PhD
Research in this lab explores how the brain changes with age and how these changes are related to changes in memory and problem solving skills in healthy adults. We are especially interested in finding out how individual differences in predisposition to vascular disease affect age-related changes in brain and cognition. Since 2001, we have been conducting a long-term follow-up longitudinal investigation, in which we use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study changes in brain structure in healthy adult volunteers within a wide age range (18 – 90 years). We also conduct studies on age-related differences in various cognitive abilities such as memory, problem solving, and spatial navigation.

ConnectLab: Brain Connectivity and Aging

Principle Investigator: Jessica S. Damoiseaux
This Lab seeks to elucidate how brain morphology and function change over time in healthy older adults with and without memory complaints. Changes in functional brain connectivity and brain structure are measured with resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (RS-fMRI), diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The lab aims to detect possible early biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias.

Ofen Lab: Cognitive and Brain Development Lab

Principle Investigator: Noa Ofen, PhD
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Research focused on how children and adults learn and remember information. We are particularly interested in understanding the brain basis for learning and memory, and how changes in the brain as children mature into adulthood are linked to changes in behavior.