Specific Brain Network May Be Key to Successful Aging, Study Suggests (MBI News)

Specific Brain Network May Be Key to Successful Aging, Study Suggests

The preservation of a specific brain network called the cingulo-opercular network, or CON, may be key in helping to maintain higher cognitive functioning during the aging process, according to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience and led by UF neuroscientists Adam J. Woods, Ph.D., and Hanna Hausman.

“This paper demonstrates that out of four major brain networks, the integrity of communication within CON at rest is associated with cognitive performance in older adults,” said Woods, associate professor of clinical and health psychology at UF’s College of Public Health and Health Professions. “Specifically, more coherent communication within CON is associated with better cognitive performance in older adults, particularly in domains that are susceptible to decline as we age: memory, attention and executive function.”

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