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Socializing may improve older adults' cognitive function in daily life

Sep 15, 2021

Socializing with others is important for mental health and well-being, and it may help improve cognition, as well — especially for older adults, according to new research. In a study led by Ruixue Zhaoyang, assistant research professor of the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State, the researchers…

Investigating the Adolescent Brain Through Film Watching

Sep 1, 2021

Adolescence provides a unique opportunity for neuroscientists to understand an important in-between step in brain development. Straddling the worlds between adulthood and childhood, adolescents often are expected to take on more responsibility and independence, yet their brains are still not fully…
News Topics: PubertyCognition

New research project to analyze cognitive training programs for older adults

Feb 6, 2019

A new research project at Penn State aims to evaluate how cognitive training programs can maintain the brain and everyday functioning in older adults. Funded by a $1.85 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the project will examine the mechanisms of effective cognitive training…
News Topics: CognitionAging

Mobile technologies may help researchers crack the mysteries of aging

Nov 12, 2018

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will allow Penn State’s Martin Sliwinski and team to learn more about how small changes in the brain can develop into neurological conditions later in life by developing new standardized mobile technologies for researchers across the U.S. This type of…
News Topics: NIHAgingCognition

Child maltreatment linked to cognitive aging

Oct 10, 2018

Almost 10 million older adults in the U.S. have cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, or other related dementias. Penn State researchers are looking into how early life adversity, specifically child maltreatment, can affect cognitive aging later in life in a new project. According to Chad…

Expecting a stressful day may lower cognitive abilities throughout the day

Jul 3, 2018

There may be some truth to the saying “getting up on the wrong side of the bed,” according to Penn State researchers who say starting your morning by focusing on how stressful your day will be may be harmful to your mindset throughout the day. The researchers found that when participants woke up…