Impact Accelerators | Cognitive and Brain Health
Cognitive and Brain Health
The Cognitive and Brain Health (CBH) Impact Accelerator will use our network’s knowledge of brains, minds, and bodies to guide current and future generations to happier healthier lives through novel interdisciplinary interventions. Through thoughtful exploration, CBH will identify problems impacting society in this realm and help launch Impact Engines to solve them.
ADDRESSING UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGES ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
A LIFESPAN APPROACH TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND WELLBEING
We investigate the effects of lifestyle choices and behaviors (e.g., physical activity, artistic engagement, dietary choices) on brain activity and structure, cognitive and affective performance, and physiological indices of health (e.g., fitness, adiposity, autonomic markers, sleep, stress). From a Neuroimaging perspective, our interests lie in understanding how health and lifestyle factors influence brain and behavior as it relates to increased health and effective functioning for individuals across the lifespan– from infants and children to older adults.
We bring to bear multiple perspectives and methodologies (including interventions, state of the art multimodal neuroimaging, computational modeling, and sophisticated behavioral paradigms) to explicate mechanisms of brain health and disease to improve the lives of individuals across the lifespan. As per Northeastern’s mission, this is truly theoretically-motivated, use-inspired research.
Health and Wellbeing
Facilitating Early Treatment for Autism
Personalizing Treatments for Mental Health Disorders
Using the Arts as Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinsons, and Aging
Art Kramer, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive & Brain Health
Dr. Kramer is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Cognitive & Brain Health at Northeastern University. He previously served as Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education at Northeastern University. He also previously served as the Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology and the Swanlund Chair and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois. Professor Kramer’s research projects include topics in aging, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and human factors.
Charles Hillman, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Cognitive & Brain Health
Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, Ph.D.
Director of the Northeastern University MRI Center
Psyche Loui, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Creativity and Creative Practice
Laurel Gabard-Durham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Lauren Raine, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Life Sciences
Tim Morris, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Sciences
Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Jonathan Peelle is a cognitive neuroscientist working in the Center for Cognitive and Brain Health at Northeastern University. He studies the neuroscience of human communication, aging, and hearing impairment. For more on his research, please see his lab webpage.
He has two podcasts. On The Brain Made Plain, he interviews cognitive neuroscientists about their work in a student-friendly format. Also, he and Julia Strand co-host The Juice and the Squeeze, where they talk about various aspects of being an academic.
THE CBH GLOBAL PARTNER NETWORK
Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Brain Research Foundation
The Ellison Medical Foundation
James S. McDonnell Foundation
John Templeton Foundation
Kim & Glen Campbell Foundation
National Institutes of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Aging
NIH Boston Roybal Center
Poitras Center for Psychiatric Disorders Research
Simons Center for the Social Brain
Weston Brain Institute
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