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Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging: Linking Cognitive and Cerebral Aging
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Integrative Medical Biology, Physiology.
2005 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Until recently, the cognitive and neural mechanisms of age-related changes in cognition were usually studied independently of each other.

On one hand, studies in the domain of cognitive psychology of aging investigated the effects of aging on behavioral measures of cognition and characterized a variety of age-related deficits in memory, attention, and the like. On the other hand, studies in the domain of neuroscience of aging investigated the effects of aging on the anatomy and physiology of the brain and described forms of age-related neural decline, such as cerebral atrophy and synaptic loss. Although it is reasonable to assume that cognitive aging is largely a consequence of cerebral aging, the relationships between these two phenomena are still largely unknown. Fortunately, this void is being rapidly resolved by studies focusing on the relationships between the effects of aging on the cognition and on the brain. This group of studies constitutes the new discipline of cognitive neuroscience of aging (CNA). Although CNA has a long past, only lately has it achieved the critical mass to be considered an autonomous discipline. The main goal of this book is to provide an introduction to this exciting new field.

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Oxford University Press, New York , 2005.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12534ISBN: 0-19-515674-9OAI: diva2:152205
Available from: 2007-04-11 Created: 2007-04-11Bibliographically approved

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