Maintaining physical and cognitive functions in aging is important for leading an active, independent life, interact with people and be involved in society. Recent empirical findings lead to a more positive view of cognitive aging: Modifiable (lifestyle) factors such as physical exercise, cognitive and social enrichment, and nutrition can shape the trajectories of cognition and brain health. I focus on two main components of an exploratory lifestyle: exploration and engagement with novelty and physical activity.
I am interested in which psychological and neuro-biological setups that are needed to engage in such exploratory lifestyle.
My research integrates recent neuro-biological findings linking lifestyle factors such as physical activity, future thinking, motivation, and novelty, to health and cognition. My research findings provide new insights into healthy aging.