≪Organizer Abstract≫
Although aging is generally associated with cognitive decline, huge variability exits among individuals. What accounts for this inter-individual variability is of great interest to both researchers and older adults. A growing number of behavioral, functional and structural imaging studies have focused on the effect of lifestyle factors on differential cognitive aging. Aerobic exercise, for example, appears to be beneficial for cognitive function. However, behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying these beneficial effects of lifestyle factors are not fully understood. In this thematic session, the speakers will present their findings from studies investigating behavior and/or neural mechanisms of aging and lifestyle effects on cognitive and brain functions. Together with discussants, we will explore the findings' implications for maintaining healthy cognitive function until advanced old age. Our program includes three speakers from Japan, and we are currently trying to include an international discussant from US.
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