Older Brains, Rosier Outlooks

December 30, 2008

USA Today features Roberto Cabeza, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.

The USA Today article refers to a paper published in the January, 2009 issue of Psychological Science by St. Jacques, Dolcos & Cabeza, where they described their findings that there are age-related differences in the enhancement of emotional memory. The study found that while older adults in their 70s can remember just as many neutral images as those in their 20s, they can remember significantly fewer unpleasant images. Using fMRI, Cabeza’s group also found age-related differences in functional connectivity between the amygdala and the hippocampus and the amygdala and dorsolateral prefrontal cortices.

See the article in USA Today.

Read the abstract in Psychological Science.

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