The Buckeye Brain Aging Lab (B-BAL), directed by Dr. Scott M. Hayes, works with healthy young and older adults, as well as individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s disease, medial temporal lobe amnesia, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One of the main research themes of the B-BAL is to examine variables that attenuate age-related cognitive and neural decline and contribute to successful aging. We work with sedentary adults as well as masters level athletes, including Ohio Senior Olympians. Using neuroimaging techniques including structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), the B-BAL focuses on:
1. Studying the relationships between physical activity, fitness, cognition and the brain
2. Examining the neural correlates of cognition (emphasis in episodic memory)
3. Applying advanced MRI techniques to clinical populations with memory impairments
The B-BAL is physically located in the OSU Department of Psychology. Dr. Hayes and the B-BAL receive support from The National Institute on Aging (NIA), the Department of Defense, private donations, and The Ohio State University Chronic Brain Injury Discovery Theme.