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Brain Aging and What You Can Do About It
Brain Aging and What You Can Do About It
Professor Thad Polk
Aging is associated with subtle declines in some cognitive functions, but
not others. As we age, we tend to become a little more forgetful, we get
distracted more easily, and we can’t process information quite as quickly.
At the same time, verbal knowledge and what’s sometimes called wisdom
tend to remain stable and may even improve with age. Why is that? This talk will explain what happens to our brains as we age, how those changes might relate to age-related cognitive declines, and what we can do to help our brains age more gracefully.

Thad Polk is the Samuel D. Epstein Collegiate Professor of Psychology and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. He received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Computer Science and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Polk’s research uses functional imaging of the human brain to investigate the neural architecture underlying cognition and how that
architecture is influenced by age, by experience, and by genetics. He has lectured extensively on topics related to the human brain, including producing four courses for The Great Courses series. He was also named to the Princeton Review list of the best 300 professors in the U.S.
Lecture Type : Special Events      
Lecture Date : 03/04/2021      
Program Year : 2020-21      
Term : Winter/Spring      
Fee : $10.00