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BioMedNet News and CommentResearch Journal News & Books & Science WebReviewsTools Collection Comment Labware Jobs LinksLatest Today's Magazine Conference Journal Special My E-mail SectionCommentarynews.bmn.com Updates News HMS Beagle Reporter Scan Report Alerts SearchJoin LoginSFN 2001 - Day 4 - Wednesday 14 November 2001Feedback HelpJoin/Login Benefits Report: SFN 2001Grandmother calls in the reserves Society for NeuroscienceInvestigators: Roberto Cabeza, Nora Volkow, and ContentsNaftali RazConference Reporter SummaryWednesday Nov 14th, 2001 Information 1 2 3 5 Day: 4 by Roberta Friedman Latest ConferenceBoth the structure Future Conferences Day 4 Reports:and the function of (Investigator's name) Previous Conferencesthe brain take a hit To be remembered, Search Conferences with normal aging, forget praise. Give About This Section and research money. How To Cite Us presented here Prefrontal Cortex(Elizabeth Kensinger and confirms that 23-year old female (left) and 77 Editorial BoardKristy Nielson)successful elderly can year old female (right)* Staffnevertheless Is neurodegeneration compensate. Roberto Cabeza of Duke University in due to toxins, not Durham, North Carolina, bolstered his case for clumping?compensation with new evidence as well as previous (Steven Finkbeiner and studies by his group and others. The data show that Harry Orr)both hemispheres are brought to bear by elderly New Alzheimer's volunteers in mental tasks that in ...

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SFN 2001  Day 4  Wednesday 14 November 2001
Report: Grandmother calls in the reserves Investigators: Roberto Cabeza, Nora Volkow, and Naftali Raz
Wednesday Nov 14th, 2001
by Roberta Friedman
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Cabeza's data, not yet published, give evidence that people who age successfully compensate for these losses by engaging both hemispheres, while the young use just one. Cabeza adds that studies of those who recover from stroke also show bilateral activity. The young also show action in both halves of the brain, he says, during complex mental tasks.
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Aging cognition: from neuromodulation to representation [Opinion] ShuChen Li, Ulman Lindenberger and Sverker Sikström Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2001, 5:11:479486 Changes in memory processing with age [Review article] Cheryl L Grady, Fergus IM Craik Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 2000, 10:224231
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