In the CUA Cognitive Aging Laboratory we study how one’s ability to learn and make decisions changes in the course of healthy aging. To accomplish this we investigate the brain basis of these changes in healthy older adults as well as in neuropsychological populations. We are also interested in the many factors that contribute to individual differences in successful cognitive aging -- why do some healthy people maintain high function well into old age whereas others do not? We employ a variety of methods including cognitive behavioral studies as well as functional (e.g., fMRI) and structural (e.g., DTI) neuroimaging methods. Our work is carried out in close collaboration with colleagues at Georgetown University and is supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging.