[ARCHIV] Talk: The ageing mind and brain: Insights from the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936

Talk by Stuart J. Ritchie (University of Edinburgh)
Wann 08.06.2017
von 18:00 bis 20:00
Wo GEMI 1.140
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Stuart J. Ritchie, University of Edinburgh

June 8, 2017, 18:00

Stuart Ritchie

Abstract: The Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 is a longitudinal study from Scotland, UK, where over 1,000 people who had completed an IQ test in a national survey at age 11 were followed up in later life. At ages 70, 73, 76, and 79, the cohort members completed a wide range of cognitive and other psychometric tests, provided genetic data, and underwent MRI brain scans. This rich dataset allows insights into important questions about the ageing mind and brain, all of which will be addressed in this talk. Do smart children tend to become smart older people? Do all our cognitive abilities “go” together with age? Which aspects of brain structure are most strongly linked to later-life cognitive decline? What are the genetic (and epigenetic) predictors of cognitive and brain ageing? And is there any lifestyle advice that we can give people to help them preserve their cognitive abilities as they age?