Cognitive Reserve: The Role of Education and Complex Work and Leisure to Resilience

Sunday, 16 February 2014
Grand Ballroom A (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Yaakov Stern , Columbia University, New York City, NY
Epidemiologic evidence indicates that a set of life exposures including higher educational and occupational attainment, and engaging in leisure activities is associated with a lower risk of incident dementia and a reduced rate of cognitive aging, suggesting that these life exposures may enhance reserve against brain changes or pathology. Findings from imaging studies designed to explore the neural substrates of this cognitive reserve will be discussed.