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"Fitness & Cognitive Training: Influence on Cognition and Brain Structure/Function"
ARTHUR F. KRAMER, Ph.D.
Swanlund Chair and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience University of Illinois
Thu 11th, December 2008
620 Thompson Hall
This presentation will discuss the relationship between cognitive training, fitness training, and intellectual engagement on cognition and brain function of older adults, including the breadth of their effects on cognition and dementia. The discussion will include a description of results from a thirty-five year fitness study and results from a recent study examining changes in cognition and brain function in response to improvements in the aerobic fitness of healthy older adults.
Professor Kramer’s research projects include topics in Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Aging, and Human Factors. A major focus of his labs recent research is the understanding and enhancement of cognitive and neural plasticity across the lifespan. He is the Director of the Biomedical Imaging Center and Co-Director of the NIH Center for Healthy Minds. Professor Kramer served as an Associate Editor of Perception and Psychophysics and is currently a member of seven editorial boards. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, a member of the executive committee of the International Society of Attention and Performance, and a recent recipient of a NIH Ten Year MERIT Award. Professor Kramer’s research has been featured in a long list of print, radio and electronic media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, CBS Evening News, Today Show, NPR and Saturday Night Live.