The rhythms of aging: Exploring neural communication in the aging brain using MEG
10 / 2012 - 10 / 2015
Local and long-range neural communication via synchronized oscillatory activity is central to the emergence of our cognitive processes, and therefore, it also provides a unique window into the aging brain. However, a systematic, theory-driven manipulation of these oscillations to investigate network function in older age compared to young adulthood is currently lacking. We propose to assess aging effects on oscillations measured with magnetoencephalography during passive, bottom-up stimulation, top-down attentional processes and learning. Our research focuses on normal aging but aims to provide tools useful in diagnostics and monitoring of treatment outcomes in pathological aging.