Maximizing brain plasticity across the lifespan
Lab Director: Michelle Voss, Ph.D.
Our lab is interested in understanding how to maximize the brain’s capacity for adaptive plasticity across the lifespan. This includes examining mechanisms associated with declines in plasticity and cognitive function associated with aging, injury, or disease, and determining how we may intervene for improved quality of life.
To study plasticity, we are interested in how people learn new skills and abilities, and the lifestyle factors that affect learning and transfer of learning to untrained skills and abilities. For example, we are particularly interested in how physical exercise protects the brain from age-related declines in learning and memory.