"All of us are very ignorant. What happens is
that not all are ignorant of the same things."

The Research Group Studies on Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases

Aging research has a great social importance for the European Union and its Member States. Over the past decades the developed world is experiencing an increase in the number of older adults. Better life conditions and substantial medical advances have increased longevity. But as humans aged, many declines occur in the cognitive system. The speed at which information is processed in the human brain, inhibitory function, working memory and episodic memory, among others, suffer age-related declines. In contrast, other cognitive functions such as verbal abilities and implicit memory are age-invariant. Recently, the use of imaging techniques have shown that the relationship between brain function and behavioral performance observed in young adults is different than that of older adults. The Research Group on Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases at the Department of Basic Psychology of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) are using experimental methods, brain-imaging techniques (fMRI, electroencephalography, ERPs), new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and brain training to investigate normal and pathological aging and to provide tools that can enhance quality of life for older people.

 

The group’s facilities in Madrid (Facultad de Psicología, Juan del Rosal 10) include research space including cognitive testing, electroencephalography resources and laboratory rooms. In addition, the group conducts functional and structural neuroimaging studies at facilities http://www.fundacioncien.es/areas/area_neuroimagen.asp in the Fundación CIEN (Fundación Centro Investigación Enfermedades Neurológicas) http://www.fundacioncien.es/home.asp