Functional Neuroimaging Studies in Normal Aging

  • Leslie M. Guidotti Breting
  • Elizabeth R. Tuminello
  • S. Duke HanEmail author
Part of the Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences book series (CTBN, volume 10)


With an expanding aging population, it is increasingly important to gain a better understanding of the changes in cognition and neural integrity that occur in normal aging. The advent of non-invasive functional neuroimaging techniques has spurred researchers to examine cognition and neural functioning in healthy older adults. A significant amount of research has been produced since this time and has led to influential theories of aging such as the hemispheric asymmetry reduction for older adults (HAROLD) model and the compensatory recruitment hypothesis. This chapter discusses advances in our understanding of normal aging achieved through the use of functional neuroimaging. Research examining age-related changes in domains such as attention, memory, and executive functioning, as well as imaging of the resting-state and the influences of genetic risk factors (e.g., APOE genotype), are discussed. In conclusion, limitations of the current literature and important avenues for future research are proposed.


Aging Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) Default mode network APOE 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leslie M. Guidotti Breting
    • 1
  • Elizabeth R. Tuminello
    • 2
  • S. Duke Han
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Psychiarty and Behavioral SciencesNorthShore University HealthSystemEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Behavioral SciencesRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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