Principles of Healthy Aging

Research Groups

plasticity of brain-behaviour change


The key activity of this research group is to develop training protocols that are embedded in and/or reflect characteristics of real life tasks to complement typical maximum-performance psychometric assessments of cognitive functioning. The group focuses on measurement and visualization of the training value of real life activities to determine their relation to standard performance measures. Go to projects

brain anatomy in old age

The key activity of this research group is the longitudinal acquisition of MRI-based markers of brain structure and their association with psychological functions. One line of research targets the principles underlying aging-related changes in brain structure, e.g. by exploring factors that affect the amount and pattern of change. Beyond that, the group specifically focuses on neuroanatomical configurations and changes that facilitate stabilization of behavior (i.e., cognitive and motor abilities) in older individuals. The groups’ research is complemented by the investigation of neurophysiological markers of brain function (fMRI, EEG) to facilitate the interpretation of the complex relationship between brain structure and behavior. Go to projects

neuromodulation and applied neuroplasticity


This research group aims to alleviate and improve the long-term effects of age-related hearing loss to maintain individual quality of life despite changes in auditory functioning common in older adulthood. They combine various methods and measurements to thoroughly investigate the relationship between aging, peripheral and central hearing loss, neuroplasticity, tinnitus and speech perception. Go to projects

knowledge aquisition


Within this research group, the following research questions are of central interest: How do processes on the contents of working memory influence the long-term learning of these contents? How are these processes limited by the reduced capacity of working memory in old age? To what extent can the age-related decline in episodic long-term memory be explained by reduced working-memory capacity? Go to projects



Research Labs

training lab


The training lab implements training studies to test for differential learning and training effects in different age groups. The lab also develops and outlines standards for efficient, participatory, daily life trainings study protocols in order to implement a counseling service for URPP- and other researchers planning training studies with healthy older adults. Go to projects

within-person health activity analytics lab

This lab encompasses a URPP-wide conceptual and methods development structure with the aim to provide hard- and software devices for mobile ambulatory assessment, intervention, and analysis of health-related functioning in real life. The lab further provides support and guidance regarding within-person and process-oriented research focusing on health stabilization. This lab also develops, implements, and coordinates a large-scale measurement burst study to investigate the short-term fluctuations and long-term trajectories between cognitive, social, emotional functioning, mobility, and daily life contexts in healthy older adults. Go to projects