The af Jochnick Center for the Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging is made possible through a donation from the af Jochnick Foundation of 50 000 000 SEK over a 10-year period (2011-2020).
Research within the center seeks to delineate the neural underpinnings of aging-related changes in cognitive functions (e.g., working memory, episodic memory, speed), with special focus on how losses of various dopamine (DA) markers relate to cognitive deficits in old age.
Of particular interest is how DA changes across the adult life span relate to other age-related brain changes, such as losses of grey- and white-matter integrity as well as alterations in functional connectivity with regard to cognitive problems in late life. Of interest is also how individuals may counteract age-related brain changes through an active life-style in terms of physical, mental, and social engagement.
The two projects at the af Jochnick Center are: