Dr. Jessica Fish
King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IOPPN)
The neuropsychology of cognition and the aging brain
This talk addresses one of most-feared aspects of ageing - cognitive decline. We first consider the cognitive abilities that decline with age, specifically abilities related to mental speed and effortful control, and those that by contrast remain relatively stable or even improve into old age, such as verbal ability, autobiographical knowledge and emotion processing. We will also consider how this pattern relates to neuroimaging studies of ageing, particularly how ageing impacts on frontal and temporal lobe structure and function. Finally, we address biopsychosocial approaches to the remediation of age-related cognitive decline including cognitive training, functional compensation, environmental adaptation, and social interventions, with the aim of identifying effective methods of maintaining quality of life into old age.