My current research is targeted at understanding the mechanisms underlying different types of change in brain and cognition, and whether and how we ourselves can initiate, enhance or slow them. Throughout life, our mental capacities and brains are under continuous alteration: Some changes are part of positive development, others are debilitating.
Together with colleagues, I am trying to uncover markers and mechanisms underlying changes in brain and cognitive behavior throughout the lifespan. In this effort, we’re studying persons ranging in age from 4 to 90 yrs. I am very interested in understanding normal cognition and brain-behavior relationships troughout the human lifespan, and I am also involved in patient studies, for instance on subjective and objective memory complaints, Alzheimer disease, and drug exposure in utero. Main research methods include, among others, experimental and standardized neuropsychological tests, MRI (mostly morphometry and DTI) and ERP (Event-Related-Potentials)