Investigating changes in memory and attention associated with ageing

Study code
NBR05 / CBR152

Lead researcher
Prof. Anne Nobre

Study type
Participant re-contact

Institution or company
University of Oxford

Speciality area
Neurological Disorders, Ageing

Summary

The purpose of our research is to understand how the Apolipoprotein E gene (APOE) affects cognitive processes, such as memory and attention, specifically across ageing. Two groups of participants (one age range 18-35 the other age range 60-80 years) will perform simple computer-based tasks of short-term memory. More specifically, participants will be invited in to a designated location where they will be presented with a touch screen computer game and asked to remember the location and identity of objects. Following a delay, participants first have to identify the item they held in memory and then drag it to its remembered location.  The whole task will last about 2 hours.