Better brain training for an aging world

UAB senior Jarrod Hicks is working with neurobiologist Kristina Visscher, Ph.D., to investigate how cognitive exercises rewire brain networks. The work could point to new strategies to help the world’s growing population of older adults. Jarrod M. Hicks is looking for a smarter way to sharpen aging minds. Combining algorithms and brain scans, this senior math and neuroscience major in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences is trying to understand how cognitive training strengthens neural networks. It’s a timely topic. In the next four decades, the number of people over age 60 worldwide will more than double, surpassing 2 billion. That is driving “a critical need to understand the aging brain, and identify new strategies to slow or reverse cognitive decline,” Hicks said. One proven strategy is “speed of…

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