Influences of Age and Culture on Memory (Angela Gutchess)

In my talk, I will discuss research my lab has conducted investigating how aging and culture affect memory.  I will focus on cross-cultural differences in memory, exploring how culture can act as a lens to shape information processing. This encompasses our work on how culture influences self-referencing effects, the use of categories in memory, and memory for specific visual details, and considers behavioral and neural measures as well as how these cultural differences could be impacted by aging.

Catecholamines in PET Aging Research (Anne Berry)

In my talk, I will discuss how PET imaging can be used in the field of cognitive aging research. I will highlight insights into the imaging of Alzheimer’s disease pathology has offered for interpreting age group differences in fMRI activation and cognitive performance. I will also discuss my recent PET research on age-related changes in the catecholaminergic system, which has focused on the unexpected finding that dopamine synthesis may be elevated in older adults relative to young.  This surprising evidence for upregulation of dopamine synthesis in aging has led to a series of studies testing the extent to which neurochemical compensation successfully restores optimal performance.

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Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM EST

Webinar 2: Angela Gutchess and Anne Berry