MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will host the 18th annual Michigan Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the University Center.

            Stan J. Colcombe, a 1995 NMU graduate and Beckman Institute Research Fellow at the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana, will be the keynote speaker.  He will discuss recent research that suggests a correlation between aerobic fitness training and the structure and function of the brain, as well as some recent work on cognitive training in older adults.  His presentation will begin at 3:15 p.m. in the Brule Room. 

            The focus of Colcombe’s research is developing an understanding of the mechanisms that underlie age-related declines in the brain and finding approaches to intervention that might offset these declines.  He has written two publications, which are titled “Fitness Effects on the Cognitive Function of Older Adults:  A Meta-Analytic Study” and “Cardiovascular Fitness, Cortical Plasticity, and Aging.”

            Other speakers from seven Michigan colleges and universities will give presentations that cover a broad range of topics.  The general public is invited to attend this free event, which is sponsored by Psi Chi, the NMU Student Psychological Association and the department of psychology.

            For more information, contact Sheila Burns at 227-2724 or Maya Sen at 227-2986.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz