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Breakout: Cognition Featuring Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett (Concurrent Session)

Why do some older people remain mentally nimble while others decline? “Superagers” are those whose memory and attention isn’t merely above average for their age, but is actually on par with healthy, active 25-year-olds. Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, a psychologist and neuroscientist, studies the nature of emotion from the perspectives of both psychology and neuroscience, with current projects focused on understanding age- and disease-related changes in affective brain circuitry. Her research shows that people who are more emotionally intelligent go to the doctor less frequently, use medication less frequently, and spend fewer days hospitalized for illness. As we age, people probably notice changes in their bodies first. But cognitive abilities, including awareness, processing speed and memory, also decline the older we get.  Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, outlines proven strategies to slow or even reverse decline, keep your sharp, and prevent dementia.



Professor of psychology at Northeastern University