Our research aims at improving cognitive wellbeing in an aging population. With the world's population aging at an unprecedented rate, it is now crucial (i) to understand fundamental mechanisms of cognitive aging under naturalistic conditions, (ii) to establish novel clinical assessment tools, and (iii) to develop interventions that help maintain people’s independence. To achieve these ambitious goals, we employ a unique combination of cutting-edge neuroscience and behavioural methods.
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The Aging & Cognition Research Group hosts a variety of state-of-the-art virtual reality facilities to study cognition under realistic conditions. This includes 3D head mounted displays, motion tracking systems, large-scale projection screens and interactive treadmills. In addition, the lab has access to numerous research dedicated neuroscientific facilities, allowing us to do ultra-high field neuroimaging studies and to monitor neural processes when humans physically move around.
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Shine J, Valdes-Herrera JP, Hegarty M & Wolbers T (2016). The Human Retrosplenial Cortex and Thalamus Code Head Direction in a Global Reference Frame. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(24):6371– 6381. [link]
Craig M, Dewar M., Harris MA, Della Sala S & Wolbers T (2016). Wakeful rest promotes the integration of spatial memories into accurate cognitive maps. Hippocampus, 26(2):185-193.[link]
Please find a full list of our articles on our Publications page.
Our research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP), the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Helmholtz Association.