Many of us worry that our ability to remember things will get worse with age. But what if we could better understand why this happens—and come up with a solution for it?
As Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging, Dr. Karen Campbell is focusing on how age-related differences in attention may affect short—and long-term memory. She and her research team are investigating whether age-related differences in visual short-term memory may be due to altered brain connectivity and a diminished ability to ignore distractions. They are also exploring how these differences in brain structure and function may affect our ability to form associations in long-term memory. Finally, they are testing how decreased control over attention affects older adults’ memories in their everyday lives. Ultimately, they hope to come up with strategies that will help older people maintain better memory function with age.