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 multifaceted process has been tremendously enhanced over the last two decades by neuroimaging studies, documenting 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 and connections and how these vary across different brain regions and between individuals. 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 behavioral patterns. Longitudinal studies that allow for direct examination of these relationships across the adult lifespan are, however, lacking.