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 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. 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 Ohio State University Chronic Brain Injury Discovery Theme. The OSU Chronic Brain Injury initiative is committed to advancing the prevention, detection, and treatment of brain injuries and neurodegeneration.
Dr. Hayes and the B-BAL also work closely with the OSU Center for Brain Health and Performance and the OSU Jameson Crane Center for Sports Medicine Institute.