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Aging and Information Processing

Research Question:
How can we better understand aging and its effects on memory, emotion, and other aspects of cognition? Can we use differences between normal aging and neurodegenerative disorders to design better diagnostic tests?

Basic Study Information

The purpose of our study is to better understand functional differences in brain activity between healthy aging and neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer's Disease. To do this, our lab uses a noninvasive and inexpensive technique to collect brain measurements called electroencephalogram (EEG). By recording EEG while participants do certain memory and other cognitive tests, we can link specific brain signals by brain location and time to cognitive activities (such as trying to memorize a stimulus). We collect the EEG, as well as traditional pen-and-paper cognitive test results, from participants every year. Using these brain measurements, we aim to discover differences between the healthy aging brain and brains struck by age-related cognitive disorders. Combining different brain measures together may help us develop better tests for these disorders.

Location: Meliora Hall, University of Rochester
Study Web URL:
Study Reference #: STUDY00000112

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Lead Researcher:  Robert Chapman

Study Contact Information

Study Coordinator: Margaret Gardner
Phone: (585) 275-8142

Additional Study Details

Study Details:
Our study is two visits each year. During the first visit, you will complete the EEG (2-3 hours). The second visit is comprised of pen-and-paper cognitive tests (1-2 hours).

Number of Visits:  More than 10
Parking:  Free
Transportation Coverage:  No
Reimbursement:  Yes
Payment Details:  Participants are paid $25 per study visit.

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