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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