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Heterogeneity in Cognitive Aging

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Individual differences in cognitive functioning increase with advancing adult age. The resulting heterogeneity poses conceptual and methodological challenges, but also permits insights into mechanisms that promote successful aging. I will elaborate on this proposition in three ways. First, I will report evidence suggesting that the effects of common genetic polymorphisms on cognition increase with advancing adult age. Second, based on functional brain imaging studies and related evidence, I will suggest that maintenance may represent a more viable route to successful cognitive aging than compensation. Third, I will report findings on the experimental modifiability of cognitive abilities in early and late adulthood.

This talk is part of the Zangwill Club series.

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