With increasing age it is common to report a change in subjective cognitive experience, with mental abilities not appearing quite so ‘sharp’ as they were in youth. Our research is concerned with increasing understanding of the factors which effect how we age; whether an individual follows a trajectory of ‘healthy’ ageing or shows pathological change, leading to a diagnosis of dementia. Through knowledge of factors which change how we age, intervention strategies against cognitive decline may be developed. The research of this lab group places a strong focus on how genetic factors influence cognition, in particular across the domains of attention and memory. A combination of behavioural methods, neuroimaging and pharmacological interventions are used by the group.
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