Focus: Behavioural Neuroscience
Thesis Advisor: Jane Dywan
My research focuses on the natural changes to information-processing systems seen in older adults (60+). Specifically, are there unique differences in executive functions and working memory that contribute to changes in behavioural performance of older adults on cognitive tasks? Also, are differential brain responses, seen from brain imaging techniques, associated with these changes in behavioural performance? I use electroencephalography (EEG) to relate changes in cognitive abilities to specific aspects of brain activity in the hopes of identifying the specific mechanisms of information processing that change with age. The perspective I take in my research stresses the importance of compensatory mechanisms in explaining age-related changes in brain response profiles as opposed to an oversimplified "cognitive-decline" perspective.