Scientists at the Center for Vital Longevity are engaged in a variety of research studies aimed at understanding memory, cognitive aging, and Alzheimer’s disease. Their studies combine state-of-the-art structural and functional neuroimaging technologies with research techniques in cognitive neuroscience with the aim of elucidating the changes that occur in the brain over a lifetime and how these changes affect specific cognitive abilities and behaviors.

Results from the center’s breadth of research will be instrumental in developing ways to slow cognitive aging and prevent or delay the onset of crippling disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Examples of ongoing research projects include:

  • Predicting who might be at risk of Alzheimer’s disease long before symptoms appear
  • Elucidating how memories are formed and retrieved, and how interventions might affect these processes and improve memory
  • Investigating the effects of physical exercise and mental stimulation on memory and cognition
  • Understanding how differences in East Asian and Western culture affect brain structure and function


Featured Research

Research Labs

  • Park Lab

    The Park Aging Mind Laboratory, led by Dr. Denise Park.

  • Rugg Lab

    The Functional Neuroimaging of Memory (fNIM) Laboratory, led by Dr. Michael Rugg.

  • Basak Lab

    The Lifespan Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, led by Dr. Chandramallika Basak.

  • Kennedy Lab

    Kennedy Neuroimaging of Aging and Cognition (KNAC) Lab led by Dr. Kristen Kennedy.

  • Rodrigue Lab

    Healthy Aging Lab, led by Dr. Karen Rodrigue.

  • Wig Lab

    The Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory, led by Dr. Gagan Wig.