Neurocognitive Aging and the Compensation Hypothesis

  title={Neurocognitive Aging and the Compensation Hypothesis},
  author={Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz and Katy Cappell},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={177 - 182}
The most unexpected and intriguing result from functional brain imaging studies of cognitive aging is evidence for age-related overactivation: greater activation in older adults than in younger adults, even when performance is age-equivalent. Here we examine the hypothesis that age-related overactivation is compensatory and discuss the compensation-related utilization of neural circuits hypothesis (CRUNCH). We review evidence that favors a compensatory account, discuss questions about strategy… 

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