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New Faculty Research Centre for Scaffolding the Ageing Mind

The CCD is proud to announce that Dr Celia Harris (member of the CCD and the Department of Cognitive Science) received funding to lead a Faculty Research Centre for Scaffolding the Ageing Mind. The Centre will include other colleagues from the Departments of Cognitive Science and Psychology, including Professor John Sutton, Dr Amee Baird, Professor Amanda Barnier, Dr Monique Crane, Professor Greg Savage and Professor Bill Thompson.

The overarching aim of the Centre is to develop a coordinated and concentrated hub of research excellence in cognitive ageing. The Centre seeks to understand how cognition can be supported, especially within an ageing population. People live their mental lives surrounded by a network of resources, both internal and external as well as social and material, that supports their cognitive abilities. This scaffolding of cognition is so ubiquitous as to appear unremarkable, but the possible extended-into-the-world nature of cognition has been the subject of theory and research across cognitive psychology, applied neuropsychology, and cognitive sciences including philosophy. Scaffolding may have benefits across the lifespan, but especially for individuals who need additional cognitive support, such as people who experience both normal age-related cognitive decline and the pathological cognitive decline seen in dementia.

The new Centre plans to draw together researchers across disciplines with a common focus on understanding how different kinds of internal and external supports can be used to optimise and enhance memory, cognition, identity, and wellbeing in older adults. The Centre will look to address how older adults benefit from social memory supports, from activities and practices such as music, and from leveraging internal resources such as resilience. It will facilitate a shared focus on a significant problem by researchers from quite different backgrounds with a view to enhancing the innovation and productivity of our research, ensure a fuller understanding of cognitive scaffolding, and facilitate impact and engagement in this area.

For more information or to become involved with the Centre, please contact Dr Celia Harris directly.

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