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Understanding Age-Related Differences in Declarative Memory (RenoultL_U22PSY)

University of East Anglia - School of Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,500
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 2nd November 2021
Closes: 25th January 2022
Reference: RenoultL_U22PSY

This project aims to offer a comprehensive exploration of declarative memory in ageing and in relation with genetic risk (APOE4 carriers) for Alzheimer’s disease. Studies of age-differences in declarative memory have repeatedly reported a decline of episodic memory but generally preserved semantic memory function in ageing. However, most current investigations instruct participants to recall episodic memories, which makes the interpretation of other types of details produced by participants more difficult (such as their general knowledge of the world or personal knowledge).

We have created new tests of declarative memory, assessing general and personal knowledge alongside episodic memory in different sections. This allows to study the interaction between components of declarative memory and a less ambiguous interpretation of different details types. In this project, we will explore and compare systematically the behavioural and neural correlates of these different types of declarative memory in young and in older adults using functional imaging techniques (EEG and fMRI).

It is expected that the project will lead to more comprehensive models of memory and to a better understanding of how declarative memory is modified in ageing and in relation with genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. For this project, a good background in theories and methods of Cognitive Psychology is required, and prior experience with EEG and/or fMRI would be an asset.

Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor in Psychology Louis Renoult

Start Date: 1 October 2022

For more information on this project, please visit www.uea.ac.uk 

This PhD project is in a School of Psychology competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise of tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,500. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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