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Inside the Aging Brain (NIRS)


Inside the Aging Brain:

What Oxygen Can Tell Us About Memory Across the Lifespan

It is not yet known how the aging process affects the neural correlates of working memory, or the age at which these effects begin. The goals of this project are:

1) To compare the brain structures used during working memory between young, middle-aged, and older adults.

2) To more precisely determine the point in the lifespan when working memory performance shows consistent decline.

Volunteers for this study are asked to complete working memory tasks while brain activity is monitored.

Last year, we successfully piloted the first research study using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) methodology at the University of Victoria. We are currently refining our working memory tasks and analyzing results, with plans to begin new data collection with new participants later this year. Stay tuned!

If you would like to be informed about this study and others you may be interested in, please click on the PARTICIPATE tab sign up for our Volunteer Research Registry.