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New UCSB Study Finds As We Age, Our Brains Modify The Way They Deal With Memory Involved Issues


Do you ever feel like you’re brain is a little slower at problem solving than when we were younger?

A new UC Santa Barbara research study shows that as we get older, the international communication in our brains isn’t as synchronized as when we were younger, even though there is no memory impairment. But, researchers say not to worry. They say their study shows as we age, our brains components in effect figure out how to change their internal communication.

UCSB researcher Kimberly Schlesinger says more than 100 healthy people between the ages of 18 and 65 took part in the four year long study. The UCSB researcher says age appeared to be the key factor in the differences they found.

The study is suggesting that as we age, our brains learn to adapt to this loss of synchronized communication they use when we were younger. Schlesinger says the thought is that this research could perhaps lead to new diagnostic techniques for discovering problems.

The research finds appear in the latest edition of the scientific journal PLOS Computational Biology.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.