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Psychology Colloquium: Paul Gold

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Storrs Campus
Bousfield Psychology Bulding, Room 160

Speaker: Paul Gold, Syracuse University

Title: “Energetic Memories”

Abstract:

In humans and laboratory rodents, aging is accompanied by substantial changes in cognition. In particular, old animals forget new experiences more rapidly than do young animals. This presentation will describe evidence that these age-related changes in memory may reflect a primary dysfunction not of the brain but of the liver, specifically release of glucose stores in response to arousal. In the absence of increases in blood glucose during training, the brain is depleted of its primary source of energy metabolism and therefore ‘underperforms’. Replenishment of brain energy supplies by administration of glucose fully reverses age-related impairments in learning and memory in aged rodents. These findings suggest that pharmacological treatments directed at augmenting brain energy metabolism may reverse cognitive declines during aging.

Contact:

Whitney Tabor at whitney.tabor@uconn.edu

Psychology Department (primary), Psychology - Undergraduate Program, UConn Master Calendar

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