Distinguished Speaker Series:
Nichole Lighthall, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the UCF Department of Psychology
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd.,
Winter Springs, FL 32708
Abstract: For many, the phrase “brain aging” is accompanied by thoughts of cognitive decline or even dementia. In reality, the brain aging is far more complex – involving both gains and losses with a high degree of variability from person to person. Age-related changes to the brain can best be understood as a lifelong process of adaptation to biological, psychological, and environmental factors.
This talk will highlight new discoveries in neuroscience of aging and provide a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the aging brain.
Biography: Nichole Lighthall is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at UCF. She received her Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. Dr. Lighthall then worked as a postdoc in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Her research uses experiments, neuroimaging, and physiological measures to examine how the brain utilizes neural pathways that support thinking and behavior at different phases of adulthood.