Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging
A major focus of the Reuter-Lorenz Lab has been the cognitive neuroscience of aging. Among the most important discoveries from our work is the finding that older adults tend to use both hemispheres for tasks that younger adults can perform with more lateralized engagement of the cortex. Since first reporting this effect in 1999 and 2000, it has been one of the most intriguing, influential and debated discoveries in the cognitive neuroscience of aging. Ongoing research in our lab and elsewhere continues to seek understanding of the functions served by the additional regions of brain activity recruited by healthy older adults.