• The Center mourns the loss of a dear friend and tireless CVL supporter. click here

  • CVL councilmember and benefactor’s life remembered in the Dallas Morning here

  • Aging-themed issue of Nautilus Magazine explores cognitive benefits of learning a new game such as chess, cites here

  • ‘Fitizen’ group at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas learns about research at CVL. click here

  • CVL research published in JoN finds that some memories persist in the face of strong interference. click here

  • Dr. Sara Festini’s research probes busyness levels and cognitive here

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Brain Matters Talk Highlights Cognitive Aging Research

DALLAS – Oct. 27, 2015 – As part of a new series hosted by the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS), nearly 100 people from the community gathered to learn about the structure and function of the aging brain.

The aim of the BBS series is to educate the public on the foundations of neuroscience research: new findings in brain science from across UT Dallas’ main campus, and in places such as the Center for Vital Longevity (CVL).

Three CVL faculty members presented some of their latest findings.

McDermott Library hosted the free inaugural event, where audience members first heard BBS Interim Dean Dr. James Bartlett give an overview of the School and its structure, before getting to the brain.

Dr. Kristen Kennedy opened the science part of the proceedings with an “Introduction to Your Aging Brain,” highlighting the overall structure of the brain, and outlining the location of important regions and how they fare with age. Dr. Kennedy’s work focuses on genetic and lifestyle factors that influence the aging of the brain and that can affect how well we age cognitively.

Dr. Gagan Wig then guided the audience through “Your Brain as a Social Network,” drawing on work that illustrates in novel ways how the brain functions as a system of interconnected nodes whose organization differs across the lifespan. In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, he and his colleagues reported that people with relatively strong segregation between resting brain networks had better memory than people with weaker segregation.