Reserch lab
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My research focuses on the pursuit of neurobiological, cognitive, and psychosocial approaches toward understanding and enhancing learning, remembering and executive functions in normal aging and dementia. Specifically, I have two primary and interrelated branches to my research program.

Nielson Research Lab

2010-11 Research Team (L-R): Lindsay Diaferio, Alissa Butts, Kara Schneidewend, Steve Byers, Dr. Nielson, Steve Catlin, Shaun English, Nathan Hantke, Tom Arneson, Maggie Rooney, Sean Coad. Not pictured: Gizelle Gonzalez, Cara Macchia, Stephanie Ocwieja, Kristen Skells, Rachael Wandrey.

First, I study memory formation and memory consolidation and the treatments and individual differences that influence it. Second, I study the neurobiological, physiological, and cognitive foundations of age- and dementia-related cognitive decline, along with methods designed to prevent or reverse such declines. Studies in the lab involve both graduate and undergraduate researchers as investigators, presenters and authors.

Current studies include:

Graduate Students

Current Undergraduate Research Assistants

Lab Alumni

As Graduate Students

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