Aging Research

The Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience (CLEAR) initiative promotes scientific research on the nature of aging and successful cognitive development during adulthood, with a focal interest in how engagement and lifestyle choices -- a sustained investment in physical activity, healthy nutrition habits, mental challenge, and/or social activities – contributes to cognitive health and well-being with aging. We take an interdisciplinary approach to stimulate and support: (1) basic research, using both human and animal models, into the mechanisms and processes underlying adult cognitive development; (2) use-inspired basic research on how activity engagement contributes to resilience through the adult lifespan, as well as how adults choose and maintain (i.e., self-regulate) activity patterns over time; (3) the development and empirical evaluation of theoretically based, cost-effective, and life-integrated interventions that translate findings from basic research in psychology, cognitive and affective neuroscience, kinesiology, education, and the health sciences into programs and practices that enhance cognitive effectiveness, productivity, and well-being through the adult life span; and (4) research to clarify the mechanisms underlying intervention effects, including those related to behavioral, neural, emotional, motivational, and social processes.
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