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Title: Neural correlates of working memory maintenance in advanced aging: Evidence from fMRI
Authors: Suzuki, Maki
Kawagoe, Toshikazu
Nishiguchi, Shu
Abe, Nobuhito  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Otsuka, Yuki
Nakai, Ryusuke  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Asano, Kohei
Yamada, Minoru
Yoshikawa, Sakiko
Sekiyama Kaoru
Author's alias: 西口, 周
阿部, 修士
大塚, 結喜
中井, 隆介
浅野, 孝平
山田, 実
吉川, 左紀子
積山, 薫
Keywords: aging
working memory
Issue Date: 6-Nov-2018
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Journal title: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Volume: 10
Thesis number: 358
Abstract: Working memory-related brain activity is known to be modulated by aging; particularly, older adults demonstrate greater activity than young adults. However, it is still unclear whether the activity increase in older adults is also observed in advanced aging. The present functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study was designed to clarify the neural correlates of working memory in advanced aging. Further, we set out to investigate in the case that adults of advanced age do show age-related increase in working memory-related activity, what the functional significance of this over-recruitment might be. Two groups of older adults - “young-old” (61-70 years, n = 17) and “old-old” (77-82 years, n = 16) - were scanned while performing a visual working memory task (the n-back task: 0-back and 1-back). Working memory effects (1-back > 0-back) common to both age groups were identified in several regions, including the bilateral dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), the inferior parietal cortex, and the insula. Greater working memory effects in the old-old than in the young-old group were identified in the right caudal DLPFC. These results were replicated when we performed a separate analysis between two age groups with the same level of working memory performance (the young-old vs. a “high-performing” subset of the old-old group). There were no regions where working memory effects were greater in the young-old group than in the old-old group. Importantly, the magnitude of the over-recruitment working memory effects positively correlated with working memory performance in the old-old group, but not in the young-old group. The present findings suggest that cortical over-recruitment occurs in advanced old age, and that increased activity may serve a compensatory function in mediating working memory performance.
Rights: © 2018 Suzuki, Kawagoe, Nishiguchi, Abe, Otsuka, Nakai, Asano, Yamada, Yoshikawa and Sekiyama. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
DOI(Published Version): 10.3389/fnagi.2018.00358
PubMed ID: 30459595
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