This chapter reviews some of the contributions that the cognitive neuroscience approach has produced so far in the area of aging. These include the existence of functional difference between younger and older adults, both in the timing and sequence of brain processes, and in the brain areas that are recruited during the performance of specific tasks. These age-related effects are likely to reflect differential strategic processes in task performance, as well as in anatomical and physiological changes in the brain substrate. Within a network view of brain function, it will be important to explore the relationship between areas that are involved in memory, attentional, and other processes. The chapter discusses a couple of promising areas of research on aging and neurocognitive function. Techniques used in the examination of human brain structure and function are analyzed. These techniques are used to examine some specific questions concerning changes in the brain and cognition across the adult life span.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)