Cognitive Aging Lab

Research

Overview

Ongoing research is directed at examining the underlying mechanisms of effective cognitive interventions. Specifically, we are determining the key processes that mediate training effects on cognitive and everyday functional performance. To this end, we are currently examining both behavioral mediators and the underlying neural mechanisms of cognitive training effects. We are also interested in how training-induced neural changes in the brain are related to improvements in cognitive behavioral performance.

Our research is aimed at improving the effectiveness of cognitive training techniques to compensate for age-related cognitive decline. Ultimately, our goal is to promote health, well-being, and independence among older adults.


Interested in volunteering in our research? Call (813) 974-6703 for information.

We are seeking volunteers age 60 and older for research studies aimed at preventing dementia. We are seeking healthy volunteers without signs of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease or who have mild cognitive impairment.
You may qualify if you: 

  • Do not have a neurological disorder
  • Have not had a major stroke or brain injury
  • Do not plan chemotherapy, radiation, or anesthesia in the next 5 months
    Please call us at (813) 974-6703 or go to www.pactstudy.org for more information.

Selected Publications

Edwards, J.D. Xu, H., Clark, D. O, Guey, L. Ross, L.A., & Unverzagt, F. (2017). Cognitive speed of processing training reduces dementia risk. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trci.2017.09.002

Edwards, J.D., *Fausto, B.A., *Tetlow, A.M., *Corona, R.T., *Valdes, E.G. (2017). Systematic review and meta-analyses of useful field of view cognitive training. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.11.004

Edwards, J.D., Lister, J.J., Lin, F.R., Andel, R., Brown, L.M., & Wood, J. (2016). Association of hearing impairment and subsequent driving mobility in older adults. The Gerontologist. 10.1093/geront/gnw009

*Ellis, M., Edwards, J.D., *Peterson, L., *Roker, R. & Athilingam, P. (2014). Effects of cognitive speed of processing training among older adults with heart failure. Journal of Aging & Health, 26(4): 600-615. doi: 10.1177/0898264314525666

Edwards, J.D., *Valdes, E.V., *Peronto, C.L., *Castora-Binkley, M., *Alwerdt, J., Andel, R. & Lister, J.J. (2013). The efficacy of InSight cognitive training to improve Useful Field of View performance: A brief report. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbt113

O'Brien, J.L., Edwards, J.D., Maxfield, N.D., *Peronto, C.L., Williams, V.A. & Lister, J.J. (2013). Cognitive training and selective attention in the aging brain: An electrophysiological study. Clinical Neurophysiology, 124: 2198-2208. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2013.05.012.

Edwards, J.D., Hauser, R.A., O'Connor, M.L., Valdes, E.G., Zesiewicz, T.A., Uc, E.Y. (2013). Randomized trial of cognitive speed of processing training in Parkinson disease. Neurology, 81:1-7. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182a823ba.

Edwards, J.D., Ruva, C.L., O'Brien, J.L., Haley, C.B. & Lister, J.J. (2013). An examination of mediators of the transfer of cognitive speed of processing training to everyday functional performance. Psychology and Aging. doi: 10.1037/a0030474

Valdes, E.G., O'Connor, M.L. & Edwards, J.D. (2012). The effects of cognitive speed of processing training among older adults with psychometrically-defined mild cognitive impairment. Current Alzheimer Research, 9: 999-1009. doi:10.2174-156720-512803568984.

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