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Synapse: Actively Engaging the Aging Mind

Synapse: Actively Engaging the Aging Mind, is an NIA-funded intervention study designed to enhance the cognitive performance of over 500 seniors by immersing them in cognitively and socially engaging activities over a three month period within an experimental intervention context (Lodi-Smith & Park, 2011). Led by my collaborator Denise Park, Synapse provides a unique opportunity to test whether seniors can directly manipulate their circumstances in order to promote their cognitive health (Park, Lodi-Smith, et al., 2014). My ongoing work with this project tests whether the lifestyle changes brought about in this intervention also impact personality traits, narratives of personal change, and self-concept clarity as well as how identity content and clarity influence the efficacy of the different arms of the intervention for different individuals.