This project is funded by the Research council of Norway: NEVRONOR – A national initiative on neuroscientific research, and the European Research Council

Biological Predictors for Memory

A follow-up study

The human brain undergoes enormous development from birth to adult age. Insight into this many-sided process has been tremendously enhanced over the last two decades by neuroimaging studies. There are now documented sustained changes in the cerebral cortex, subcortical structures, and white matter. Longitudinal studies with multiple time-points are, however, needed to track the trajectories of structural and functional changes in the brain’s neuronal tissue, their connections, and how these vary across different brain regions and between individuals. Furthermore, genes and environmental factors interact in forming our brains and mental capacities, and there is increasing recognition of the importance of developmental processes for later cognitive functions and behavioural patterns. Longitudinal studies that allow for direct examination of these relationships across the adult lifespan are, however, lacking.