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F.A. van den Berg, MA

PhD Student
F.A. van den Berg, MA

Language Learning Never Gets Old: Foreign language learning to promote cognitive reserve in healthy and Mild Cognitive Impairment seniors

In my PhD project we assess how the acquisition of new complex skills (i.e., foreign language learning, learning to play a musical instrument, and acquiring creative skills) affects cognitive functioning in seniors. Specifically, we investigate the effects on the cognitive flexibility and well-being levels of seniors with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or subjective memory complaints vis-à-vis their neurotypical peers. This is achieved through adopting experimental approaches such as eye-tracking and neuropsychological testing. The project's goal is to identify whether the acquisition of new skills in older adulthood can promote cognitive reserve and consequently halt, prevent, or delay (further) cognitive decline. This project is part of Prof. dr. Merel Keijzer's NWO Vidi project Language Learning Never Gets Old: Foreign language learning as a tool to promote healthy aging (016.Vidi.185.190).

Last modified:14 October 2019 12.03 p.m.

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Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands