Saturday, April 14, 2012

Emotional Maturation, Resilience, and the Aging Brain

All four of these videos deal in some way with how we age, mature, and thrive through resilience. Barring unfortunate circumstances, we all age - so the question is How Will We Age? Will we age well, with grace and maturity, or will we decline in function, become less resilient, and suffer cognitive decline?

Professor Lorraine Tyler - The Resilient Brain: Cognition and Aging

"The Resilient Brain: Cognition and Aging", this year's British Academy/British Psychological Society Lecture, was given by Professor Lorraine Tyler FBA at the Royal Society, London, on Thursday 22 September 2011 at the Royal Society.

Professor Tyler discussed some research that takes a positive view of changes across the lifespan, and in doing so is starting to overturn existing stereotypes of ageing.

Exploring the Crossroads of Attention and Memory in the Aging Brain: Views from the Inside

Dr. Adam Gazzaley studies the neural mechanisms of memory and attention, how these processes change with normal aging and dementia, and how we might intervene therapeutically to alleviate memory and attention deficits. Series: "UCSF Osher Mini Medical School for the Public" [4/2012]

The Aging but Resilient Brain: Keeping Neurons Happy

Joel Kramer, UCSF Professor of Neuropsychology and the Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology program. He explores the underlying biological mechanisms of cognitive aging, and interventions that may optimize cognitive functioning as we age. Series: "UCSF Osher Mini Medical School for the Public" [4/2012]

How Our Emotional Lives Mature: Changes and New Strengths

Robert Levenson, UC Berkeley Department of Psychology, explores the changes in emotion that occur with age. Much of his research focuses on the nature of human emotion, in terms of its physiological manifestations, variations in emotion associated with age, gender, culture, and pathology, and the role emotion plays in interpersonal interactions. Series: "UCSF Osher Mini Medical School for the Public" [4/2012]

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