Monday, November 30, 2009

iBlogging mobile post: Aging training and the brain lit review

Cindy LustigContact Information, Priti Shah2, Rachael Seidler3 and Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz1

(1) Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, 530 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1043, USA
(2) Departments of Psychology and Combined Program in Education and Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
(3) Department of Psychology and School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Received: 12 June 2009  Accepted:12 October 2009  Published online: 30 October 2009

Abstract  As the population ages, the need for effective methods to maintain or even improve older adults' cognitive performance becomes increasingly pressing. Here we provide a brief review of the major intervention approaches that have been the focus of past research with healthy older adults (strategy training, multi-modal interventions, cardiovascular exercise, and process-based training), and new approaches that incorporate neuroimaging. As outcome measures, neuroimaging data on intervention-related changes in volume, structural integrity; and functional activation can provide important insights into the nature and duration of an intervention's effects. Perhaps even more intriguingly, several recent studies have used neuroimaging data as a guide to identify core cognitive processes that can be trained in one task with effective transfer to other tasks that share the same underlying processes. Although many open questions remain, this research has greatly increased our understanding of how to promote successful aging of cognition and the brain.

Keywords  Training - fmri - Healthy aging - Brain - Neuroimaging - Cardiovascular - Cognitive intervention

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In this issue:
Decline and Compensation in Aging Brain and Cognition: Promises and Constraints
Author(s)Naftali Raz
Online sinceNovember 20, 2009
Page411 - 414

Cerebral White Matter Integrity and Cognitive Aging: Contributions from Diffusion Tensor Imaging
Author(s)David J. Madden, Ilana J. Bennett & Allen W. Song
Online sinceAugust 25, 2009
Page415 - 435

Beta-Amyloid Deposition and the Aging Brain
Author(s)Karen M. Rodrigue, Kristen M. Kennedy & Denise C. Park
Online sinceNovember 12, 2009
Page436 - 450

The Impact of Genetic Research on our Understanding of Normal Cognitive Ageing: 1995 to 2009
Author(s)Antony Payton
Online sinceSeptember 19, 2009
Page451 - 477

Aging and Spatial Navigation: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go?
Author(s)Scott D. Moffat
Online sinceNovember 20, 2009
Page478 - 489

Implicit Learning in Aging: Extant Patterns and New Directions
Author(s)Anna Rieckmann & Lars B├Ąckman
Online sinceOctober 09, 2009
Page490 - 503

Aging, Training, and the Brain: A Review and Future Directions
Author(s)Cindy Lustig, Priti Shah, Rachael Seidler & Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz
Online sinceOctober 30, 2009
Page504 - 522

Cognitive Aging Research: An Exciting Time for a Maturing Field
Author(s)Molly V. Wagster
Online sinceNovember 22, 2009
Page523 - 525
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

iBlogging mobile: Use of fmri evidence in capital punishment case

Click link for story. Not an Atkins MR case but interesting
development of brain scan and expert testimony to attempt to establish
brain-based psychopathology diagnosis for defendant.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

20th Annual Butters-Kaplan West Coast Neuropsychology Conference - SAVE THE DATE]

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Advances in Pediatric Neuropsychology:
From Toddlers Through School-Aged Children

March 25-28, 2010

Dear Colleague,

As most of you have probably heard, the neuropsychology community suffered a deep loss with the passing of Dr. Edith Kaplan on September 3, 2009, at the age of 85. At the 20th anniversary of the West Coast Neuropsychology Conference, we will honor the life and works of Edith as part of a program on child neuropsychology that she and I were in the middle of organizing when Edith succumbed to complications related to heart surgery.

The internationally renowned speakers at the 2010 conference will present their latest findings on the assessment and remediation of cognitive and behavioral impairments in pre-school and school-aged children. The speakers will (a) emphasize practical tools that clinicians and educators can use to provide comprehensive assessments and remediation strategies for children with neurocognitive deficits; and (b) highlight the role that Edith's work played in their particular line of research. This year's conference will also feature a pre-conference workshop on a new set of assessment tools – the Advanced Clinical Solutions for the WAIS-IV and WMS-IV – which provides new subtests, demographic-corrected norms, and effort measures designed for patients between the ages of 16 and 89. Thus, the preconference workshop on Thursday evening will be in the area of adolescent and adult neuropsychology, and the main conference from Friday to Sunday will be in the area of child neuropsychology. The program is intended for neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, school psychologists, speech therapists, learning specialists, educators, psychiatrists, neurologists, and other interested health professionals.

I cordially invite you to join us for this exciting and informative program and look forward to hosting you in San Diego, America's finest city.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Personal tidbit: Main office of blogmaster

Just a personal note. I work primarily out of my home office--this is
it. You can never have enough screens! My other offices are coffee
shops. Life has blessed the blogmaster.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience journal

Kevin McGrew PhD
Educational/School Psych.

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Neurobiology of language conf in Chicago

Click link for conference info

Kevin McGrew PhD
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Follow-up to brain "time stamp" reseach

I previously made a brief post about interesting research done in primates that suggested that the brain uses a "time stamp" method to keep track of the time of events.  I've now located a copy of the research article published in PNAS (National Academy of Sciences) and now provide a link to those who really want to read the actual (but very technical) research report.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

More on cognitive neuroenhancement issues

Thanks to BIOETHICS FORUM for this post

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Brain injury conferences

Thanks to BI BLOG for this conference list

Kevin McGrew PhD
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