Brain-and-memory
Presenter:
Keith Hutchison

 Date: Tuesday, April 19

 Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Belgrade Public Library: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade

Registration: Please call Belgrade Library (388-4346).

Wonderlust programs at the Belgrade Community Library are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank.

This talk focuses on findings from recent experimental research regarding how people’s ability to control attention changes with age and how these changes influence performance across a variety of tasks. Most tasks require us to maintain focus while suppressing distraction and inappropriate behaviors. Distraction could come from both external and internal sources and inappropriate behaviors include habits incongruent with a current goal. In addition to changes related to normal aging, this talk will cover the more drastic declines in attention control that accompany Alzheimer’s disease and recent attempts to use attention control tasks to identify individuals in the earliest stages of dementia.

Presenter Info: 

Keith Hutchinson BelgradeKeith A. Hutchison is professor and chair of the Psychology department at MSU. He studies attention, memory, and language in both young and older adults. He completed his PhD at the University of Albany in 2001 and then spent two years as a post-doctorate scholar at Washington University in St. Louis studying cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease. His research has received funding from the National Science Foundation and his 34 publications have been cited over 2,000 times.

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust